5 things to know about Ryan Lochte

sfowler@charlotteobserver.comOctober 7, 2013 

1 Lochte has won 11 Olympic medals, including five golds, and has medaled in each of the past three Olympics. He will be the most-decorated Olympian to ever live in Charlotte.

2 Lochte, 29, has trademarked his catchphrase “Jeah,” which roughly means “Yeah!”

3 Lochte has been overshadowed for much of his career by U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, who has won 18 gold medals – more than any other Olympian ever. Phelps said he was retiring after the 2012 Olympics, but many in the swim community expect him to make a comeback before the 2016 Summer Games. Phelps is 11 months younger than Lochte.

4 Lochte starred in a short-lived reality show for “E!” called “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” earlier this year. Its ratings were disappointing. He also made a cameo appearance on “30 Rock” and appeared on People magazine’s 2012 “Sexiest Man Alive” list.

5 Lochte has been on the cover of Time, Vogue, and Men’s Health magazines and has more than a million followers on Twitter (@ryanlochte).

Scott Fowler


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