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ADAM PRETTY/GETTY IMAGES RYAN LOCHTE bY tOmmY scHieLD gold in 2004, helping upset the favored Australians in the 800m free relay. In 2008, he won his first individual gold in the 200m backstroke. He then followed suit in 2012 with another individual gold in the 400m IM. He’s now busy promoting his new reality show and training for the 2013 World Championship Trials. HOw DID YOU GET INTO SwIMMING? My mom and my dad were both swim coaches, so I was always brought up around the pool. They were both swimmers, so I guess you can say there’s chlorine running through our veins. wHO wAS INflUENTIAl IN YOUR lIfE BOTH IN AND OUT Of THE POOl? It would have to be my family. I’ve looked up to them in every aspect of my life, whether it’s swimming or outside of swimming. They’ve helped me through thick and thin. They’ve been my biggest fans, my biggest supporters, and I love them to death. AT wHAT POINT IN YOUR CAREER DID YOU REAlIzE AN OlYMPIC GOlD MEDAl wAS POSSIBlE? It was something I dreamed about ever since I was 11 or 12 years old. It’s something I always wanted, but I didn’t think it was possible until about my freshman year of college. 34 SPLASH • MAy/June 2013 wHAT wAS YOUR fIRST THOUGHT wHEN YOU REAlIzED YOU wON OlYMPIC GOlD? It was a big relief. I just remember touching the wall and looking up at the ceiling and being like, “Yes, thank you.” Like, someone out there helped me out through that. All that hard work, all those long mornings of just waking up, those grueling practices, it finally paid off. wHAT’S lIfE lIKE fOR YOU OUTSIDE Of THE POOl? wHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS/HOBBIES? I’m not your normal Olympian. When people think of Olympians, they think they eat, they train, they sleep. That’s their life. For me, that’s not the case; it’s only a little part of it. I like to do other things. I love skateboarding. I love playing basketball. I love surfing. I love doing stuff outside of the sport. I love going out dancing with my friends. I love hanging out with them and having a different life outside of swimming, because anyone can tell you, when you’re a swimmer, you’re in the water pretty much your entire day. I know how to separate it, and I do EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES R yan Lochte is no stranger to olympic success. He won his first

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - May/June 2013

Splash - May/June 2013
Table of Contents
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength and Conditioning: You don’t know Squat!
Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During and After a Workout
Mental Training: Quick Tips for Addressing Your Mental Concerns
Training With
Athletic Foodie
Your Photo
Lessons from the Masters
Nathan Adrian
Tyler Clary
Missy Franklin
Matt Grevers
Katie Ledecky
Ryan Lochte
Allison Schmitt
Rebecca Soni
Dana Vollmer
Interactive
Best Race Ever
Swim Nut Zeke
Five Songs
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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