He 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. Steve Lochte said, “I would send him to go shower when he was messing around. He spent more time in the showers than he did in the pool.” At fourteen years old, Ryan’s loss at the Junior Olympics changed his attitude towards swimming: “I suddenly said, ‘I’m sick of losing’. After that I trained hard and I never lost there again.
Ryan is an American international swimmer and an eleven-time Olympic medalist (five gold, three silver, three bronze) and a resident of Florida. His seven individual Olympic medals rank as second all-time in men’s swimming. As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay (long course). Individually, he currently holds the world record in the 200-meter individual medley (long and short course) and the 400-meter individual medley (short course).
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.