Ryan Lochte Auctioning Off Half of His Olympic Medals for Charity

by Riley Overend 30

July 03rd, 2022 News

Ryan Lochte is auctioning off six of his 12 Olympic medals for the Jorge Nation Foundation, a charity that raises funds to send seriously ill children on their dream vacations. 

“I don’t want people to think I didn’t care about the medals,” Lochte told NBC Sports. “I cherish them, but they’re just sitting in my closet collecting dust. … I feel amazing about [the auction] just because I’m going to be helping kids out.”

The 37-year-old Lochte has worked with the Jorge Nation Foundation for more than a decade. His agent also serves on the organization’s board of directors. 

Lochte’s two bronze medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics are currently bidding at $14,150 on RR Auction, above the $12,000 estimate. His two silvers and a bronze from the 2012 London Olympics are currently going for $8,054, and his silver from the 2004 Athens Olympics is at $2,796. Bidding ends July 21. 

Lochte says he will likely put some of his six Olympic gold medals up for auction, too, at some point. However, he plans to keep his first individual Olympic gold medal from the 2008 Olympic 200-meter backstroke. 

His 12 Olympic medals match Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson, and Dara Torres for second-most among swimmers behind Michael Phelps’ 28. Four of Lochte’s six silver and bronze medals came from races that Phelps won. 

At domestic meets in the past, Lochte often gave away medals to children. 

“I never kept any medal,” Lochte said, including his 27 World Championships medals, which are second all-time behind Phelps. “I’m not the one to keep memorabilia.”

Lochte also told NBC Sports that he hasn’t ruled out the option of returning to competitive swimming in the future. He hasn’t competed in a top-level meet since missing the Tokyo Olympic squad.

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Cate
1 month ago

Going for a good cause. I’m guessing the other 6 are going to be left to his children.

Jessie
1 month ago

Great idea!

Swifter
1 month ago

Well done, Ryan.

NB1
1 month ago

I still find these medals undervalued, after all, there is only one of them. A 100K would seem reasonable

Jamesabc
Reply to  NB1
1 month ago

I mean each one is technically unique because of the event and year, but there are over 20,000 Olympic medals in existence.

Jeah
1 month ago

2nd best swimmer of all time! What a standup dude.

Go Kamminga Go
1 month ago

This is infinitely much better than what I was dreading in earlier report.

#JEAH!

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
1 month ago

Same. But dreading was logical given everything he lost from 2016

anonymous
1 month ago

There are a lot of jobs out there.

PFA
1 month ago

Sounds like a great cause to donate to. Happy lochte able to give back like this!

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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