Ryan Lochte Ready to Renew Rivalry
He's a part of what will be one of the most watched events at the London Olympics.
Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps are expected to be featured every night of the swimming competition, but neither of them considers it a big deal.
"I really don't pay attention to that. I just do what I know what to do. I gotta get up on the blocks and race tough and it doesn't matter if it's Michael Phelps or anyone else, we're gonna go out there and give it our best shot," Lochte said.
In fact, Phelps and Lochte are friends.
"That's just something we've established from the years competing against each other. No matter what, win or lose, whoever it is, at the end of the day, we're still gonna be friends and I think that's what makes a great rivalry."
Lochte, who will turn 28 at the Olympic games, was born in Canandaigua and lived in Bristol, Ontario County, while his father coached the MCC Marauders swim team.
"Him coaching, I think it was about when I was three years old, I just fell in love with the water. I think that's what made me keep going back into the pool and it's just stuck with me and I told everyone that I'll quit swimming once I stop having fun and I'm having a blast right now."
After moving to Daytona Beach, Florida, Lochte got serious about swimming, winning seven NCAA titles, and earning All-American honors 24 times at the University of Florida. He heads to his third Olympic games with six medals in hand, including three golds. He currently holds two American and one World Record as well.
"The Olympics, just the name itself, scares everyone but, you know what, I've done this for years and it's just a normal swim meet. You just gotta keep doing what you've been doing; having fun, enjoy racing, getting up on the blocks and enjoy racing the best people in the world."
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