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Ryan Lochte comments on suspension, advice from Michael Phelps (video)

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Ryan Lochte said his 10-month suspension is “heartbreaking” and “it stinks,” but he will continue training and hopes to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, made the comments shortly after it was announced Thursday that he was suspended through next June after his gas-station incident at the Rio Olympics.

“I’ve been swimming my entire life, and I’ve never taken a break,” Lochte said on The Ellen Show for an episode that is scheduled to air Monday. “For someone telling me that I can’t do something that I’ve been doing my entire life, I mean it’s heartbreaking, and it stinks. But I definitely know there’s so much more that I want to accomplish in the sport of swimming. I do know that I’m still going to be training, and when I do come back, I’m definitely going to be a better swimmer and a better person.”

Lochte added that he had been “mentally tired” the past year, so the suspension will afford him the opportunity to take a “mental break.”

He also reached out to longtime friendly rival Michael Phelps, who was suspended for six months two years ago after a DUI arrest.

“I knew his answer was going to be really honest, just because of our relationship over the years,” Lochte said. “He said, ‘It’s not what you did, it’s what you do now that will shape who you are.’ I took that to heart. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to better myself, make sure I don’t make those mistakes and become a better person.”

Lochte added that he committed to “Dancing with the Stars” “one month” before the gas-station incident and fallout but wavered on whether to do the show in recent weeks.

“There was a certain time where I was like, is this the right idea?” Lochte said. “I realized I reached the lowest point of my entire life, that I never thought I would go to. I was in a really dark place. I didn’t know if I should come out, just hide my entire life. But I reached to my family and my friends. They kept me positive, saying you have to do this. You have to get out there. You can’t always hide the rest of your life and just embrace this opportunity.”

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Heimana Reynolds wins skateboard world title, nears an Olympic goal from age 10

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In February 2009, a 10-year-old Heimana Reynolds was profiled by his local NBC TV station on Oahu.

“My goal is to become a professional skateboarder and compete in the X Games and the Olympics,” he said, according to the report.

Skateboarding would not be added to the Olympics for another seven years. But here Reynolds is, age 21, having just won the world title in park, one of two skateboarding events that debut at the Games in Tokyo.

Reynolds, who wasn’t named to the four-man U.S. national team in March, consolidated his lead in the Olympic qualification rankings by prevailing over a pair of Brazilians in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

A shirtless Reynolds scored 88 points in the final, beating Luis Francisco (85.50) and Pedro Quintas (85).

No more than three Americans can make the Olympic team in the event, which will make it difficult if three-time Olympic halfpipe snowboarding champion Shaun White decides to continue his skateboarding pursuit. White was the sixth-best American, bowing out in the semifinals in 13th place on Saturday in just his second contest since returning to competitive skating last year.

Back to Reynolds. He grew up on the North Shore and attended the Punahou School, where Barack Obama is the most famous alum. His first name is Tahitian, reportedly referring to the power of Jesus’ crown of thorns.

Reynolds, the son of a surfer, proved a natural on land. After pre-teen media profiles, he blossomed into a world silver medalist last year. He won an Olympic qualifier in China in July to take the top spot in the Olympic rankings despite a best career X Games finish of sixth.

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Primoz Roglic, ex-ski jumper, wins Vuelta a Espana

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In a year of new talent in cycling, a former world junior champion ski jumper won the last Grand Tour.

Primoz Roglic, a 2007 World junior team ski jumping champion, won the Vuelta a Espana, becoming the first Slovenian to capture a Grand Tour. He prevailed by 2 minutes, 16 seconds over Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde after Sunday’s final stage, a largely ceremonial ride into Madrid.

“Not much words to say about it,” Roglic said in a speech atop the podium. “See you next races.”

Roglic, 29, became the fifth straight first-time Grand Tour champion dating to Geraint Thomas‘ 2018 Tour de France title.

Roglic benefited from Thomas and other stars like Chris Froome skipping the Vuelta, but he also had the credentials, having finished fourth in the 2018 Tour and third in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

Valverde deserves acclaim, too, having, at age 39, made his ninth Grand Tour podium and seventh at the Vuelta. Valverde, the reigning world road race champion, has gone 16 years between his first and most recent Vuelta podium. He also had a record-breaking 19th Grand Tour top 10, according to Gracenote.

Then there’s third-place finisher Tadej Pogacar, a 20-year-old Slovenian who became the youngest Grand Tour podium finisher since 1974.

Roglic, who suffered this scary crash before leaving ski jumping, joined Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz and Colombian Egan Bernal as this year’s Grand Tour winners. All ride for different teams.

Roglic is with Jumbo-Visma, which also includes this year’s Tour de France third-place finisher Steven Kruijswijk and will include, starting in 2020, 2018 Tour de France runner-up Tom Dumoulin.

Kruijswijk abandoned the Vuelta with a knee injury in the fourth stage. Dumoulin did not start the Vuelta.

The road cycling season continues with the world championships in Yorkshire, Great Britain, later this month.

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