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Ryan
Lochte
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
03 August 1984
Height
188 cm
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Kayla Rae Reid, son Caiden
Residence
Gainesville, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Management - University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five in Rochester, NY, United States of America.
Why this sport?
His parents were swimming coaches. He was also inspired after meeting US swimmer Pablo Morales at the 1992 US Olympic Trials just before he went on to win two gold medals at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Club / Team
Gator Swim Club: Gainesville, FL, USA
Name of coach
Gregg Troy [club], USA, from 2017

General Interest

Hobbies
Surfing, skateboarding, volleyball, basketball, drawing, spending time with his dog. (Facebook page, 27 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Pablo Morales. (swimswam.com, 06 Jan 2016)
Injuries
In November 2013 he was injured when a female fan ran at him on the street and knocked him over in Florida, United States of America. He suffered a torn medial collateral ligament [MCL] and sprained anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his left knee when the two fell to the ground. He returned to training in December 2013. He injured the same knee in April 2014. (usatoday.com, 06 Nov 2013; wcnc, 05 Dec 2013; olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 23 Dec 2014; jacksonville.com, 24 May 2014)

In 2011 he sustained a strained medial collateral ligament [MCL] while reaching for his phone in the back of his car. (swimswam.com, 26 Sep 2018)

He tore his medial collateral ligament [MCL] while dancing in October 2009. He underwent knee surgery and returned to the water in January 2010. (FINA World Aquatics Magazine, 01 Feb 2010)

In 2008 he fractured his shoulder playing hide and seek, and sprained his ankle chasing his dog Canter. (swimswam.com, 26 Sep 2018)

In 2007 he fractured his foot in a scooter accident. (swimswam.com, 26 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go big, or go home." (Facebook page, 05 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named International Swimming Federation [FINA] Male Swimmer of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013. (insidethegames.biz, 06 Jan 2014; FINA, 31 Dec 2010)

In 2011 he was named the Golden Goggles Male Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row. He won the title again in 2013. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 25 Nov 2013; ryanlochte.com, 18 Jul 2012)

He was named Male Swimmer of the Meet at the 2010 World Short Course Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (ryanlochte.com, 18 Jul 2012)

He was twice named National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Swimmer of the Year in United States of America. (swimswam.com, 06 Jan 2016)
Famous relatives
His wife Kayla Rae Reid is a model in the United States of America. (abcnews.go.com, 13 Jan 2018; lifezette.com, 12 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (usatoday.com, 05 Aug 2017)
Other information
SANCTION
He was banned for 14 months between May 2018 and July 2019 after receiving an intravenous infusion without a therapeutic use exemption. He posted an image of himself receiving the intravenous infusion on his social media in May 2018, which prompted an investigation from the United States Anti-Doping Agency [USADA]. (USADA, 23 Jul 2018; theguardian.com, 23 Jul 2018; bbc.co.uk, 23 Jul 2018)

SUSPENSION
In September 2016 he was banned from the sport for 10 months by USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee [USOC] for breaching both organisations' code of conduct at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He and teammates Jimmy Feigen, Joseph Bentz and Jack Conger were filmed on closed-circuit television [CCTV] vandalising a petrol station in the city during a night out. He initially falsely claimed the quartet had been robbed at gunpoint. Feigen, Bentz and Conger were all banned for four months for their roles in the incident. In June 2018 a court in Rio de Janeiro ruled that he would have to stand trial for the incident, overruling an earlier decision from July 2017 following a complaint from Rio de Janeiro's Public Prosecutor's Office. (swimswam.com, 22 Jun 2018; bbc.com, 08 Sep 2016, 21 Aug 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2016 he was a contestant in season 23 of the US television programme 'Dancing with the Stars'. He partnered Cheryl Burke in the competition. (radaronline.com, 26 Sep 2016)

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