When Ryan Lochte unwinds after an exhausting swim practice, he’ll chill with his nine-year-old Doberman, Carter, a cocktail and one of his vinyl records — a collection including Tupac Shakur, Frank Sinatra and Alanis Morissette.
The 11-time Olympic medalist recently showed NBC’s Charlotte affiliate around his home as he prepares for, he hopes, his fourth Olympics.
The pad includes the words “The Jeah Spot” framed between Olympic rings, an ode to Lochte’s signature word.
Lochte, 31, can become the second-oldest U.S. Olympic men’s swimmer since 1924 if he finishes in the top two in any event at the Olympic Trials from June 26-July 3 in Omaha. Or if he finishes in the top six in the 100m or 200m freestyles.
Given Lochte is the four-time reigning World champion in the 200m individual medley, that seems likely.
The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will resume on March 25 and follow its originally planned route and schedule, starting in the Fukushima Prefecture.
Organizers are discussing torch relay modifications given the coronavirus pandemic. Possible changes include the number of officials and staff involved and reducing the size of vehicle convoys.
As it stands, the relay will visit all 47 prefectures of Japan with emphasis on the area affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
With the motto “Hope Lights Our Way,” it will visit the three prefectures most affected by the tsunami and earthquake (Fukushima (March 25-27), Iwate (June 16-18) and Miyagi (June 19-21)) for three days each.
The relay leads up to the Opening Ceremony on July 23.
The torch relay originally began last March 12 in Olympia. The Greek portion of the relay, originally scheduled for eight days, was called off on March 13 due to the pandemic after actor Gerard Butler was among the torch bearers in Sparta.
An unexpectedly large crowd gathered in Sparta despite recommendations to the public not to focus on the ceremony.
The flame remained in Greece until it was flown to Japan as scheduled on March 20.
On March 24, it was announced the Tokyo Games were postponed to 2021. The Japan portion of the torch relay was suspended, too, two days before it was to start.
If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.
Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.
Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.
If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.
Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.
The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.
Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.
The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.