Rachel Axon, U.S.A. TODAY
Released 9: 42 a.m. ET March 26,2020
USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour breaks down why the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be delayed.
The Tokyo Olympics were implied to be a resurgence and final opportunity for Ryan Lochte, but their postponement requires some adjustments near the end of the swimmer’s profession.
Lochte, 35, was getting ready for his last run at the Games after a troubled previous couple of years in which he served a suspension for an alcohol-fueled event with cops during the Rio Olympics, another suspension for getting an IV fluid and hung around in rehabilitation.
Regardless of the difficulties over the last few years, Loche informed ESPN today he’s 100%in for a go to2021 ” I still have a lot of goals I want to accomplish in the sport.”
The 12- time Olympic medalist returned to competitors in mid-2019, and most just recently he finished 4th and seventh, respectively, in the 400 individual collection and 200 specific assortment at the TYR Pro Swim Series in early March.
” I wouldn’t be back in the water training this tough if I didn’t believe in myself– that I might do it– beating my body up every day,” he told the Des Moines Register prior to swimming in an event there this month. “It’s going to be a lot harder than it’s ever been in my entire life however I certainly think I take a crack at.”
The choice to postpone the Games due to the fact that of the coronavirus was a disappointing but understandable one, said Gregg Troy, Lochte’s coach.
Troy coaches Lochte and Caeleb Dressel– who both swam for him at the University of Florida– as part of a post-collegiate group. Troy stated the group has actually been leaping in between pools and training in smaller sized numbers amidst the pandemic.
” We’re working on some alternative strategies looking towards ’21 where we can maximize the situation,” he stated.
As for Lochte’s future, Troy said, ” He’s handling the immediate problem of the moment and he states that was his goal all along, and he’s done quite well.”
After winning his sixth Olympic gold medal in 2016, Lochte and 3 other swimmers were detained by armed guard at a gas station in Rio. Lochte at first embellished the story, stating they were robbed at gunpoint, and lost sponsors in the fallout.
An USA TODAY Sports examination discovered Lochte’s story was mostly true, that the guards drew their weapons and required cash to spend for damage. U.S.A. Swimming suspended him for 10 months.
Lochte drew a 14- month suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Firm for getting IV fluids in excess quantities without a therapeutic-use exemption.
He also said he spent about 6 weeks in rehabilitation for an issue with alcohol in 2018.
Despite the tumult, Lochte’s life changed in other ways because his last Olympics. He married Kayla Rae Reid and the couple had 2 kids, Caiden and Liv.
” I have actually grown dramatically,” Lochte told the Des Moines Register. “I’ve truly grown specifically in the previous 3 years, 4 years because2016 I think I have actually grown so much. My life has actually altered a lot. I’m a different individual than I was. It’s just remarkable– I’m so delighted with whatever that’s going on in my life that I’m excited to see what’s in shop for later in my next chapter of life.”
In 2017, Lochte went back to Gainesville, Fla., where he swam for Florida and reunited with Troy, who coached him to 11 medals in his first 3 Olympics.
When Lochte returned from his suspension in 2019, he did so with the knowledge of how tough it would be to make his 5th Olympics. The Tokyo post ponement will make that harder.
” There’s days where this old guy requires a break from swimming, where I require a couple of days recovery,” Lochte told USA TODAY Sports last year.
” These swimmers are getting more youthful, and I’m definitely getting older. But it’s enjoyable. It’s a challenge for me, and I’m always up for a challenge.”