It looks like Ryan Lochte has finally decided on his next training location.
Lochte, 29 and an 11-time Olympic medalist, is “likely to move to Charlotte to train for the 2016 Olympics” in a planned move from Gainesville, Fla., that could happen “in a matter of days,” according to sources cited by the Charlotte Observer.
Several Olympic swimmers train with Charlotte-based SwimMAC Carolina, including Cullen Jones, one of Lochte’s best friends. Jones joined Lochte for his August birthday celebration in Las Vegas after Lochte won three gold medals at the World Championships.
This news was expected. An email to Lochte’s manager and agent seeking confirmation was not immediately returned. (Update: One of Lochte’s representatives declined to confirm, deny or comment on the report.)
This Instagram photo was posted on Lochte’s account over the weekend, saying it was his last night as a Gainesville resident.
He’s also had three cryptic tweets since Sept. 30, including this most recent one:
Before the World Championships, Lochte told his hometown newspaper, the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal that he planned to spend some time in Charlotte with SwimMAC.
The newspaper also reported Lochte was hoping to train in Australia for about four months beginning this fall, but so far those plans have not come to fruition.
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QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.