What’s 11-time Olympic swimming medalist Ryan Lochte going to do when he’s done competing in the pool?
In the past, he’s expressed an interest in everything from working in fashion to doing TV gigs (he appeared on “30 Rock” and “90210” last fall). But now we can add one more item to his list of possibilities.
The military. More specifically, the Special Forces.
Lochte and the other members of the Florida Gators swim team – including London gold medalist Conor Dwyer – worked out with members of the 920th Air Force Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Fla. on Friday. The unit is one of the U.S. military’s elite groups, and it specializes in rescuing members of the U.S. armed forces in all situations and conditions.
The Gators were put through a workout that consisted of CrossFit training, kettlebell work, group push-ups in the sand, pull-ups, running on the beach and underwater swimming in a pool on the base.
“It’s definitely something that I might look into when swimming is all said and done,” a visibly tired Lochte said in this video posted on FloridaToday.com.
For the record, there’s nobody more fit to be a member of the Special Forces than a disciplined Olympic athlete. What do you say, Lieutenant Lochte?
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.