Will Ryan Lochte Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte looked a little rough at the recent San Antonia Pro Swim, swimming 2:02.03 in the 200m IM, but he always swims slowly in-season, and Caeleb Dressel swam slowly, and they’re both in Coach Gregg Troy‘s clutches. In sum, we know they’re doing hard work–certainly broken down at this point in their training cycle.

“If there was an 800 IM at the Olympics, I would be swimming it,” Ryan Lochte said in his last Gold Medal Minute back in October 2020.  He also revealed his Olympic Trials schedule, which was the standard Lochte schedule we’ve always seen.  He said,  “At this point, with all of the work I’m doing? 400 and 200 IM, 200 back, 200 free, 100 fly…”

I’m still bullish on Lochte’s chances to make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team this summer. Lochte has mastery in the 200 IM. He’s going to turn heads at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

PREDICTIONS

Lochte makes Team USA in the 200 IM, dropping a solid 1:55 low…barely edging Shaine Casas, Michael Andrew, Chase Kalisz and Andrew Seliskar. It’s going to be a tight race… Of course, you know I want everyone to make the Olympic Team.  But who cares what i think? I want to know what you think. Give me your best swimming analysis.

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1 year ago

Good for Ryan Lochte for cleaning up his life,+ for maturing into a family man + pursing his olympic dreams again! Tenacity + hard work pay off.

Scott Schumacher
1 year ago

Always the 800 free relay alternate…not sure of team membership caps per COVID.

Scott Jaffe, Brad Schumacher, and others…your medals are real.

Lochte knows this and has hope.

Comet
1 year ago

If the 200 IM was his only event and there were only two rounds maybe but if he is planning to swim several events I seriously doubt. He is definitely not going 155 low!

iLikePsych
1 year ago

Maybe they can give him a US swmming cheerleading outfit with pom poms…but then again the Rio bathroom haunts the world’s memory, and covid risk and all that…maybe it’s better not then

pSL1988
1 year ago

Mark my words, Lochte will not make the team.

classic_swimmer
Reply to  pSL1988
1 year ago

Exactly. Ryan is history.

leisurely1:29
1 year ago

Prediction: some no-name D3 swimmers uses the Lochtd in training app to gain 30lb of raw explosive muscle, swims a 1:55.54 to out-touch Lochte for the 2nd spot behind Foster

Chlorine Cole
1 year ago

I think it is a clear shot for ryan and michael andrew to make the 1 and 2 spots

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Michael Andrew and Ryan in the 2 im easy

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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