Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, our favorite champion swimmers, will dominate in the pool tonight, Aug. 11, for the last time together — aw! Yep, Rio 2016 is the fifth and final Olympics of Michael’s stellar career, and we’ve rounded up all the best pics of him and Ryan over the years, doing what they do best. Check them out!
Just keep swimming! Michael Phelps, 31, and Ryan Lochte, 32, will go toe-to-toe tonight in the final, but they’ve both already racked up their fair share of gold medals. They both took the gold together as winning Team USA in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay on Aug. 9 — Michael’s 21st of his career — but this time, there can only be one winner. To celebrate their last race together — Michael is reportedly retiring after the 2016 Olympics — we invite you to click through our gallery to see all of the best pics of Ryan and Michael doing their thing dating back to 2004!
The official Olympics site has reported that this will be Michael’s last time competing (though he did say that last time, after the 2012 London Olympics, and obviously came out of retirement for Rio). “The history him and I have had with one another is something special and something I’ve never had with another competitor of mine,” Ryan said about Michael after the semifinal on Aug. 10. “We’ve been racing for the last 12 years and having one more battle tomorrow. It will be fun. I consider that Ryan and I have probably grown closer together as friends this year than we have in the past. We have one more time to hop in the pool and duke it out.” Please let us in this friendship.
HollywoodLifers, are you bummed that this will be Michael and Ryan’s last race together? Tell us who you think will win tonight!