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

by Spencer Penland 45

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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago

happy for him ……truly happy

Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Justin Thompson
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Hawaiian Reeves
1 year ago

I wonder if David Nolan will keep training for the 200IM now. I really wanted to see him race this year.

Sunny Cal
Reply to  Hawaiian Reeves
1 year ago

Is David Nolon even still swimming??

Hawaiian Reeves
Reply to  Sunny Cal
1 year ago

Yes(?) There was a Swimswam article about how he was spending the year training one hour a day for just the 200IM to see what sort of form he could reachbefore trials. Let me try to find it and post the link.

Hawaiian Reeves
Reply to  Hawaiian Reeves
1 year ago

I got the events wrong… sounds like he was targeting the 50/100 free this time. That puts him in a crowded field with plenty of talent

Swimpop
Reply to  Hawaiian Reeves
1 year ago

Did he ever race before everything got shut down? When searched him here I found that article as the most recent, except for a recap of 2010. Curious how the plan was working out.

Hawaiian Reeves
Reply to  Swimpop
1 year ago

I think it’s possible to check to see if he’s still in the drug testing protocol. I doubt he was going to travel to Greensboro or even Des Moines to swim two races. I’m also curious about the progress he did/didn’t make.

Admin
Reply to  Sunny Cal
1 year ago

He was tested 3 times in 2019. USADA doesn’t have any test history listed for 2020 so far for Nolan out of 143 tests that they’ve conducted on swimmers.

#MFan
1 year ago

OT: How many college swimmers will take another year off their college teams to train for the Olympics now that it is postponed a year?!?!? Possible effect for next year’s NCAAs?!? Will be interesting to see.

Togger
Reply to  #MFan
1 year ago

Depends what the NCAA say.

Normally you have to use the four years eligibility within five NCAA seasons, so one elective redshirt (think it’s different medical redshirts). If that stays the same, most would probably go pro rather than self fund another year just to preserve eligibility.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  #MFan
1 year ago

Will NCAAs even happen in 2021?

Troyy
1 year ago

Also get another year older and further away from his prime while the young up-and-comers only get stronger.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

The up and comers getting stronger isn’t a given. Plenty of people who showed great early promise took years to regain form (Hoffer, Weitzeil, as but two examples), got injured at the wrong time (Urlando, for example), or just stopped getting better or even worse (Schooling was 20 in Rio). And some just choke at OTs. Lochte definitely won’t choke.

Cate
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

He may not choke, but he’ll be one year older. This delay is bad for him.

Will 37
1 year ago

Lochte having the guts to get back into racing after all the trouble/age difficulties, and still perform well (with a different attitude). Respect this guy a lot.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Will 37
1 year ago

I wish I had his “age difficulties.”

Gheko
1 year ago

Is he eligible to swim in the ISL??

Troyy
Reply to  Gheko
1 year ago

Anyone who served a ban is ineligible regardless of what kind of doping violation it was for and anyone who received a warning with no suspension or had their ban completely overturned is still eligible.

Admin
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Troyy’s explanation is correct, as it has been applied so far.

M d e
Reply to  Gheko
1 year ago

In theory no.

But I wouldn’t be surprised to see rules get bent for someone like him given the nature of his ped suspension.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  M d e
1 year ago

I like him a lor but that is the dumbest ban. Also drinking the tap water and having the runs during the 4IM in Beijing is a boss move.