American swimmer Ryan Lochte and his wife, model Kayla Reid, have announced the pending arrival of their 2nd child. In the post, Lochte, who is currently serving a 14-month suspension for a violation of the World Anti-Doping Code, reaffirmed his commitment to racing through at least the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“BOOM!!!!! Baby number 2! Can’t wait to bring my fam of 4 to #tokyo2020 #blessed #Lochte4 #familyjustgotbiigger” – the caption reads.
Lochte has earned 12 Olympic medals while competing at 4 Olympic Games for the United States, starting with Athens in 2004. Since the 2016 Olympics, where he finished with just a single gold medal in the 800 free relay, Lochte has raced sparingly, owed primarily to multiple suspensions. He was first suspended for his role in the infamous incident in a Rio gas station, where he and 3 other American swimmers committed vandalism and then were held at gunpoint by security guards until the swimmers paid them money. That case has still not been resolved in Brazilian courts: a habeas corpus petition by Lochte was denied this week by a Brazilian minister. then, shortly before the 2018 National Championships, he was suspended after a photo on his Instagram account showed him receiving an IV infusion, which is against WADA rules (without a therapeutic use exemption).
Lochte is eligible to return in July of 2019, in time to race at the US Nationals that begin in July 31st. That meet is not a selection event for anything other than a spot on the National Team.