Team USA’s Ryan Lochte, the 2nd most decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time, has announced his intention to move to California following the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Lochte, who won his 12th career Olympic medal as a part of the USA’s 4×200 free relay, has spoken in the past about wanting to live on the West Coast.
“On my bucket list it’s always been to go to the west coast, so, California here I come,” said Lochte in an interview with NBC.
In the past, Lochte had planned to move to California when he left his long-time training base in Gainesville, Florida, but he ended up heading to Charlotte instead to train with Coach Dave Marsh at SwimMAC Carolina.
After last night’s 200 IM final, his last race with his friend and swimming rival Michael Phelps, Lochte announced that he would be taking a break from swimming, but left the door open for his return in the future. Lochte finished a distant 5th to miss the podium, and was visibly disappointed after he saw the result.
If he does decide to swim again, we could see him come back to some of the plans he made after the 2012 London Games. When initially talking about his plans to move to California back in 2013, Lochte named USC or Cal Aquatics as his possible training locations.