What Will Ryan Lochte Do? NBC Sports Announces New Ryan Lochte Documentary

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 BrotherDancing 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.

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Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Hopefully, they’ll discuss his high pain for tolerance.

JEAH!
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Or his high tolerance for alcohol 🤫

DLswim
1 year ago

If he’s been able to stay fit during the shutdown, he probably still has a chance. If not, I think it’s going to be difficult. It’s so hard to get in elite shape and so easy to get out of shape when you’re older.

Fluidg
Reply to  DLswim
1 year ago

That opinion is certainly debatable and perpetuates another myth. Remember when girls were over the hill at 18 and guys retired after college, washed up? Older athletes have a deep base and muscle memory, and also need far less volume to perform at their best. They’ve also learned what their bodies need and how to train effectively and pay More attention to sleep, nutrition, and other factors beyond the pool—if they’re smart.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Fluidg
1 year ago

Huge caveat in that hyphenated clause as it applies to Ryan.

Swimmer Legend
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Lol so true….

Jason Zajonc
1 year ago

He is a swimming icon for sure. He has backed it up throughout his career. And he is funny as can be…I hope he makes it and goes out on top…he has given a lot of positive feedback to our sport…made some mistakes like everyone has as well. Right on!!!

G L
1 year ago

Not the smartest member of the swimming tribe , but ……………
1:54.00 200 IM WR
Makes him the greatest ever in that event …….
Can he come back , we hope so , think not …….but what do we know .

Mr Piano
Reply to  G L
1 year ago

He has the record, but Phelps has the fourpeat at the Olympics, while Lochte was either 2nd, 3rd, or 5th.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Trying to double off the 200 back in London after absolutely breaking Phelps in the 400 IM wasn’t a picnic. Might have been a different story without the 200 back.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  G L
1 year ago

He isn’t the greatest 200 IM swimmer ever. Some guy beat him 4 Olympics in a row.

By your logic Biedermann is the greatest 400 Free swimmer ever.

mclovin
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

I dont remember Bierdermann winning 4 WC in a row. Two of them breaking the WR

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  mclovin
1 year ago

The other guy said having the WR makes him the best ever. I was pointing out that there is more to it than that.

I think Lochte is a fantastic swimmer and one of the best ever but I don’t think he is the best 2IM swimmer ever because he got beat 4 Olympics running by Phelps and didn’t medal in Rio. Phelps did something that has never been done before and won the same swimming event four Olympics running.

I just think people have a short memory. Lochte was the best in the world for a long time – between 2009 and 2015 with the exception of a very important meet in 2012 but before that from 2003-2008 Phelps… Read more »

mclovin
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

Phelps is the best 200IM no doubt. His 4 olympic titles speak for themselves. I only found absurd comparing Paul Biedermann with Lochte.

sven
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

Remember Townley Haas’ senior NCAA meet? He went out like an absolute demon in the 500 free, hung on for dear life to get an American record, and then seemed to be hurting for the whole rest of the meet?

Well, look at Lochte’s pacing in the 400 IM in London.

Also, as Ol’ Longhorn mentioned, trying to do the 200 back-200 IM double likely cost him a gold in the IM.

Mr Piano
Reply to  sven
1 year ago

Yet when Phelps swam a loaded schedule in Beijing, he went 1:54.23 in record time for the Gold. Phelps had to bounce from semifinal to final in 08. He went 4:07 in the the prelims of the 400 IM, 1:46 in the 200 free before the 4×100 relay. He went 1:53 in the 200 fly for prelims and the semis before the 1:42 200 free. By the time he got to the 200 IM he was wasted and still went a time only .2 off the current world record.

Both swimmers are legends, but you have to hand it to Phelps for the best 200 IMer when it comes to greatness and longevity.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Best 200 LCM IMer at OGs. Not best 200 IM swim ever or best 200 IMer over all courses (SCY, SCM, LCM). That would be Lochte by a mile..

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Lochte still holds the 200 & 400 IM WR’s in short course …..

Samesame
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 year ago

Didn’t Seto break the 400 IM in Vegas ?

Coach
Reply to  G L
1 year ago

All of us fall short in some aspects of character, personality, attributes, etc. Whatever Ryan may lack he definitely makes up for it in heart and compassion. I don’t think that can be debated.

The Unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Coach
1 year ago

Agreed. He is a great guy. He has a habit of doing dumb stuff at the wrong moment but that makes him more liekable in a way. For example: drinking tap water in Beijing and blowing the silver medals in both IMs.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  The Unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

or his Green Shoes + the Silver Grills

Swammer
1 year ago

A few ideas for spin offs:

What Could Ryan Lochte Do?
What Should Ryan Lochte Do?

One letter different. Could go several different ways

Dude
Reply to  Swammer
1 year ago

Two letters

Swammer
Reply to  Dude
1 year ago

Quarantined so long, I can’t spell or count anymore…

YaBoyMP
1 year ago

JEAH!

Emma1970
1 year ago

“In Deep S**t” would be a good title for his past shenanigans lol

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Emma1970
1 year ago

Geez, on the scale of things today, his past issues wouldn’t even be the lead story on the sports page for more than 24 hours. Timing is everything. Karma’s a bitch, as Matt Lauer and Billy Bush — two in the media that really pushed the “Lochte as ugly American” story in Rio day after day found out.

David P McCagg
1 year ago

Not only has Ryan been able to stay in shape, his mental side is stronger than ever. Honorable and accountable. Ryan has faced his mistakes and has become an amazing role model for all young up and coming athletes. Proud to know and work with Ryan. 2021 will happen for him!!!

He Said What?
Reply to  David P McCagg
1 year ago

I truly hope so!

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