Ryan Lochte on Postponed Olympics: “I Get Another Full Year of Racing”

by Spencer Penland 46

March 30th, 2020 News

12-time Olympic Medalist Ryan Lochte has given several interviews following the IOC announcement that the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed to 2021. The 35-year-old gave an interview with the Los Angeles times soon after the Olympics were officially postponed. Lochte voiced his frustration at the beginning of the interview, saying “I was a little pissed because I’ve been training my butt off, and I’ve been feeling great.” He went on explain the significance of these Olympics for him personally, telling the LA Times “This Olympics was going to be the most important of my career because of everything that’s happened in my past.”

However, Lochte does state later in the interview that he believes postponing the Olympics was the right thing to do. “But this whole thing is way bigger than me. It’s way bigger than the Olympians, it’s affecting the entire world right now.” Lochte echoed these sentiments later in an interview with with ABC’s Good Morning America, calling the postponement “just a bump in the road” for athletes. He goes on to say it’s just a matter of adjusting training – “The Olympics are not canceled. They’re just postponed. Everything happens for a reason.”

In an interview earlier this week, Lochte told ESPN he’s “100%” all in for Tokyo 2021. He went on to explain to ESPN that, although he’s “disappointed” because he felt ready for the Olympics this Summer, he’s excited, because “I get another full year of racing, working on my technique and my skills.”

Lochte returned to racing last Summer, after serving a 14-month suspension for receiving an IV infusion that violated USADA rules. Upon his return to racing, Lochte won the 200 IM at U.S. Nationals last Summer.

Lochte is one of the most decorated Olympians of all time, having earned a total of 12 medals. He’s currently tied with fellow American swimmers Jenny Thompson, Natalie Coughlin, and Dara Torres for the 9th most medals for any Olympic athlete in any sport.

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Chaitha D.
7 months ago

That is definetley gonna help Lochte and based off the times hes already put up with minimal racing this past year it could be huge for him.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Chaitha D.
7 months ago

happy for him ……truly happy

Sun Yangs Hammer
7 months ago

With another year of Troy he could get into 200 Free shape again. Might be the easiest route to make the team if Carson keeps improving.

USA
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
7 months ago

Idk I feel like both those chances are equal with the amount of depth we have in the 200 Free

Justin Thompson
7 months ago

2020 or 2021 either way will be interesting to see what he can do. Everything has to come together for him to make an individual and/or relay. Motivation, training, health/injuries and staying out of trouble. Plus the competition is coming up on him. If he somehow pulls off the unexpected and wins gold in the 200im, does he retire or press on?

Hawaiian Reeves
Reply to  Justin Thompson
7 months ago

If he can regain some platinum sponsors, he goes for Paris. It’s only 3 more years.