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Eleven-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte will be making plenty of news at the world championships beginning July 28, but here’s one headline you likely won’t be seeing:
Lochte leaves pool deck in tears, wants to quit swimming
It’s a true story, told by Lochte in this interview with NBC New York.
Lochte sat down and answered five questions, including where he keeps his medals, his favorite winter Olympic sport and his most embarrassing moment.
The latter is what had Lochte crying, running to his mother as a child. Check the link to find out why.
As for worlds, we’ve written Lochte has a decision to make. He’s qualified for seven events in Barcelona — Lochte has never done more than six at a worlds or Olympics — including a brutal triple on the Aug. 2 evening session. Elite swimmers like Lochte, Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin normally scratch events to avoid triples.
If Lochte goes that route, he’ll have to opt out of either the 200-meter backstroke final, the 100 butterfly semifinals or the 4×200 freestyle relay final. Stay tuned.
He’s set to leave his training base in Gainesville, Fla., after worlds. He could go any number of places, according to the Gainesville Sun.
“He’s talked about going to China, he’s talked about going to Japan, Australia, Canada,” his coach, Gregg Troy, told the newspaper.
In another interesting tidbit from the report, Lochte said he considered quitting swimming after the London Olympics.
“I don’t know if I want to go through that long of a break again,” he said, referencing all of his out-of-pool activities following the Games before he returned to serious training earlier this year, “because I almost didn’t come back this year.”