Ryan Lochte, born August 3, 1984, in Rochester, New York, USA, is an American international swimmer and Olympic medalist.
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. Lochte only began taking swimming seriously when he was a junior in high school.
In his first event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Lochte won the bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley behind Phelps.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Lochte won his first gold medal of the games in the 400-meter individual medley. As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Individually, he holds the world record in the 200-meter individual medley and the 400-meter individual medley.
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 sixty-two medals in major international competition, thirty-nine gold, thirteen silver, and ten 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 (25-yard and 25-meter long swimming pools).