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American Swimmer

  • Ryan Steven Lochte is an American swimmer.
  • Reezy, The Lochtenator are his nicknames.
  • He is a six-time Olympic medalist (three gold, two silver, one bronze).
  • As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay (long course).
  • He holds the world record in the 200-meter individual medley (long and short course) and the 400-meter individual medley (short course).
  • He was born on August 3, 1984 in Canandaigua, New York.
  • He lived in New York and later moved to Florida.
  • He began learning to swim at the age of 5 from his parents.
  • His father is a swimming coach and mother is a day care director.
  • His parents divorced in 2010.
  • He began serious practice when he was a junior in high school.
  • He has two older sisters, Kristin and Megan, and two younger brothers, Devon and Brandon.
  • He majored in sport management at the University of Florida and graduated in 2007.
  • At Florida, Lochte was the NCAA Swimmer of the Year twice, a seven-time NCAA champion, a seven-time SEC champion, and a twenty-four time All-American.
  • He also broke Tom Dolan's nearly decade-old NCAA record in the 400-yard individual medley.
  • He is currently sponsored by Speedo, Nissan, Gillette, and Gatorade.
  • He qualified for his first Olympics after finishing second to Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
  • He is the recipient of World Swimmer of the Year Award and the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice.
  • He is named the FINA Swimmer of the Year twice.
  • In 2011, he was named World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine and defended his 2010 title.
  • He also won the Best male swimmer for 2011 by FINA Aquatics World Magazine and also defended this title.
  • He competed in 6 swimming categories at the 2012 Summer Olympics - Men's 200m Freestyle, Men's 200m Backstroke, Men's 200m Individual Medley, Men's 400m Individual Medley, Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay and Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay where he won two gold, two silver and a bronze medal. He won two gold medals in 400 m individual medley and 4x200 m freestyle relay, two silver medals 200 m individual medley and 4x100 m freestyle relay and a bronze medal in 200 m backstroke.
  • Before the 2012 Olympics, Fortune Magazine estimated his earnings to be $2.3 million from endorsement deals.
  • On August 1, Lochte trademarked the phrase "Jeah" with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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