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Ryan Lochte


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Ryan Lochte, born August 3, 1984 in Canandaigua, New York, is an American swimmer and a six-time Olympic medalist with three gold, two silver and one bronze medal. As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay (long course). Individually, he currently holds the world record in the 200 meter individual medley (long and short course) and the 400 meter individual medley (short course). Lochte's success has earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award and the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice. He has also been named the FINA Swimmer of the Year twice. He has won a total of fifty-seven medals in major international competition, thirty-seven gold, eleven silver, and nine bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, Pan American, and the Pan Pacific Championships. Lochte specializes in the backstroke and individual medley, but is also a freestyle swimmer. He is noted for the speed and distance he attains while kicking underwater. Lochte is also known for his dominance in the short course format - a 25-yard long swimming pool.

Lochte and his family first lived in New York, then moved to Florida so his father, Steve, could coach swimming. Lochte was taught to swim at the age of five by both of his parents. Ryan was often kicked out of his father's swimming classes for misbehaving, which often included pulling other children's legs, blowing bubbles, and hiding at the other end of the pool. Steve Lochte said, "I would send him to go shower when he was messing around. He spent more time in the showers than he did in the pool." A fourteen-year-old Ryan's loss at the Junior Olympics changed his attitude for swimming: "I suddenly said, 'I’m sick of losing'. After that I trained hard and I never lost there again." Lochte qualified for his first Olympics after finishing second to Michael Phelps in the 200 meter individual medley at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. He also qualified for the 4×200 meter freestyle relay team after finishing 4th in the 200 meter freestyle final. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Lochte swam with Phelps, Klete Keller, and Peter Vanderkaay to upset the Australian team and capture the gold medal in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay. He also narrowly edged out George Bovell and László Cseh in the 200 meter individual medley to win the silver medal behind Phelps.

In his first event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Lochte won the bronze medal in the 400 meter individual medley behind Phelps and Cseh. His time of 4:08.09 was two seconds slower than the time he swam in Omaha. In his second event, Lochte swam the second leg of the 4×200 meter freestyle relay. With Phelps, Ricky Berens, and Vanderkaay, he won his first gold medal and set his first world record as the American team finished first with a time of 6:58.56. The Americans were the first team to break the seven-minute mark in the relay, and broke the previous record, set in Melbourne, Australia, by more than four and a half seconds. In his third event, the 200 meter backstroke, Lochte won his first individual gold medal and set the world record, beating defending champion Peirsol. Twenty-seven minutes after the final of the 200 meter backstroke, Lochte went on to win the bronze in the 200 meter individual medley, finishing behind Phelps and Cseh.

At the 2009 National Championships, the selection meet for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Lochte won individual titles in the 200 and 400 meter individual medley. Lochte also qualified to swim in the 4x100 and 4x200 meter freestyle relay. In the 200 meter backstroke final, Lochte placed second behind Aaron Peirsol, and lost his world record he set in Beijing when Peirsol recorded a time of 1:53.08. In his first event at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Lochte swam the second leg of the men's 4x100 meter freestyle relay in a time of 47.03. He earned a gold medal in the event along with Phelps, Matt Grevers, and Nathan Adrian. The final time of 3:09.21 was a championship record and just ahead of Russia at 3:09.52 and France at 3:09.89. With Phelps not competing in the 200 or 400 meter individual medley at these championships, Lochte won the gold in both events.

In the 200 meter individual medley, Lochte broke Phelps' world record of 1:54.23 with a time of 1:54.10. In the 200 meter backstroke, Lochte won the bronze medal, finishing behind Peirsol and Ryosuke Irie of Japan. In the 4×200 meter freestyle relay final, Lochte swam the anchor leg in 1:44.46. Combined with Phelps, Berens, and David Walters, Lochte won the gold medal and his team broke the previous world record by one-hundredth of a second with a time of 6:58.55. At the 2010 National Championships, the selection meet for the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2011 World Aquatics Championships, Lochte won individual titles in the 200 meter backstroke, 200 meter individual medley, and the 400 meter individual medley. He also placed second in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle. Lochte's win in the 200 meter individual medley was the first time he defeated Phelps in a major national or international meet.

At the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine, California, Lochte won a total of six gold medals. His wins included the 200 meter backstroke, 200 meter freestyle, the 200 and 400 meter individual medley, and the 4×100 and 4×200 meter freestyle relay. At the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships in Dubai, Lochte became the first individual in history to win seven medals at the Short Course Worlds and was the only person to set a world record individually since body-length swimsuits were banned. At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships, Lochte won a total of six medals, five golds and one bronze. Lochte won his first medal, a bronze, in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay for his contributions in the heats.

At year's end, Lochte was named the World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine, and defended his titles from 2010. He was also named the best male swimmer for 2011 by FINA Aquatics World Magazine, and also defended this title. Lochte won't say how many events he'll be competing in at the 2012 Olympics, only admitting he will be competing in a large number of them, "I am going to swim as many events as I possibly can." On his anticipated rivalry with Michael Phelps, Lochte said, "Once I was able to beat Michael, it gave me a motivation, an edge. I told myself, I can do this. Once I beat someone, they won't beat me again."

More about Ryan at: www.ryanlochte.com

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