- Also Known As:
- The Lochtenator, Imperial
- 6' 2"
Ryan Lochte (born Ryan Steven Lochte in Rochester, New York, on August 3, 1984) is an Olympic athlete on the American swim team. Ryan’s early life started out in Canandaigua, New York, but as a child, he and his family relocated to Florida so his father could coach swimming. Ryan was often kicked out of his father’s swimming classes for misbehaving, a common theme throughout his life. He got serious about swimming in High School and attended the University of Florida, winning NCAA Swimmer of the Year twice while becoming a seven-time NCAA champion. He first qualified for the Olympics in 2004. At the summer games in Athens, Ryan won his first medals, taking the silver in the 200m individual medley, behind Michael Phelps, and the gold in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay. He would take the gold in the 200m backstroke at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, along with two bronze and another gold. At the 2012 London games, Ryan scored the gold in the 400m individual medley, along with two more silvers, one bronze and another gold in the 4x200m Relay. Ryan failed to qualify for the 400m individual medley at the Rio 2016 games, but he took home the gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay. During Rio, Ryan also got in trouble by claiming he and fellow simmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at a gas station. The Brazilian police claimed Ryan and his crew broke into an out-of-service bathroom while intoxicated. Ryan was indicted for falsely reporting a crime, and the scandal caused him to lose endorsement deals from Speedo and Ralph Lauren.
Best Known For:
Ryan Lochte is best known as a gold medal-winning swimmer and for the scandal surrounding “Lochtegate” at Rio 2016.
Ryan also starred in the 2013 reality television series, What Would Ryan Lochte Do? He reported dated fellow swimmer Caroline Burckle, in 2008. He was reportedly romantically linked to swimmer Blair Evans in 2012, though his mother denied these claims.