What will Ryan Lochte do?
No, it’s not a sequel to his short-lived 2013 reality television series What Would Ryan Lochte Do, but it could be.
NBC Sports announced on Thursday that it is producing a new Ryan-Lochte-themed documentary In Deep With Ryan Lochte on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock. Peacock launched a preview on April 15th for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable customers and its Flex streaming customers, and for everyone else will launch on July 15th.
This edition of inside-Ryan-Lochte seems to be prepared for a more serious tone than the previous show on E!, which largely centered around Lochte’s abs and shenanigans with his brother.
The documentary intends to chronicle Lochte’s reinvention as a ‘family man,’ now married with 2 children, after the post-Olympic-Games Rio gas station debacle that made international headlines.
NBC’s description of the documentary
At the 2016 Rio Olympics Ryan Lochte (Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars) was at the center of a scandal that has since overshadowed a decorated swimming career that includes 12 Olympic medals. Now a 35-year-old husband and father of two young children, Lochte is hoping for one more chance to make Team USA and prove he’s not the same man he was four years ago.
In Deep with Ryan Lochte is produced by Peacock and NBC Sports Films.
Lochte, with 12 Olympic medals, is tied with Jenny Thompson, Dara Torres, and Natalie Coughlin as the 2nd-most awarded Olympic swimmer in history. If he qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games, which have been pushed from 2020 to 2021, it would be his 5th Olympic Games. Based on early results last summer in his return from a one-year suspension for a violation of anti-doping rules, Lochte’s best shot at an individual swim is in the 200 IM. His time of 1:57.76 at the U.S. National Championships ranked him 12th in the world and made him the 3rd-best American. With a group of young up-and-coming swimmers like Michael Andrew, Carson Foster, and Shaine Casas all focusing on this 200 IM, though, the extra year might be one year too long for Lochte to earn a top 2 spot.