Ryan Steven Lochte
(born August 3, 1984) is an American swimmer
and a six-time Olympic
medalist (three gold, two silver, one bronze). 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 have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award
and the American Swimmer of the Year Award
once. 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
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 (25-meter long swimming pool).
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. At the 2004 Summer Olympics
, Lochte swam with Phelps, Klete Keller
, and Peter Vanderkaay
to upset the Australian team and capture the gold... Read More