Ryan Lochte plans to alter his training routine, not work as hard

Based on his expectations heading into the London Olympics, Ryan Lochte fell short of his goals. There is nothing wrong with five overall medals including two golds, but Lochte made it clear before the Games that he was aiming to sweep his events and beat Michael Phelps in their two head-to-head swims — the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys. Instead, he took gold in one and lost to Phelps in the other.

By the end of the first week in London, it seemed evident that the long week of swimming had taken its toll on Lochte. He finished third in the 200-meter backstroke — an event he won in Beijing in 2008 — and second behind Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley to wrap things up. On Thursday night after he was finished, Lochte wondered if he may have trained too hard.

“I’ll tell you this, I’m definitely gonna be training differently,” he said according to NBC Olympics. “All those brutal workouts that I did, I’m getting older. I think it’s time to change my training a little. Take it down a notch.”

Lochte celebrated his 28th birthday on Friday, so he certainly isn’t young by Olympic standards. NBC swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines also felt that the workload took its toll on Lochte.

“He’s a big boy,” Gaines said. “And those big boys need a lot of rest. I’m not saying he wasn’t rested enough, I think my point is that’s hard to swim so many events when you’re that big. It’s hard on the muscles. You need more recovery. You have a lot more weight pulling around the pool.”

Whether he prepared too hard or not hard enough, the bottom line is a week’s worth of swimming against the best competition in the world would take its toll on anyone not named the 2008 version of Michael Phelps. Lochte may not be happy with only two gold medals this year, but at least now he gets to focus on his one-night stands and guarding his medals rather than storing them in this safe spot.

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Ryan Lochte admits peeing in Olympic pool

Ryan Lochte is one of the best swimmers in the world, has six-pack abs, and a healthy bank account, but he still has at least one similarity to most people. The 11-time Olympic medalist admits he pees in the pool.

Lochte was asked whether Olympians pee in the pool during an interview with Ryan Seacrest.

“Of course,” he said. “I think there’s just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go. [I didn't] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up.”

The horror! At least a blue ring doesn’t form around the Olympians when they pee in the pool like what happens at water parks (unless “Grown Ups” was lying). But I guess this admission from Lochte means Olympic swimmers have a tighter bond than we all realized, and we already knew they were pretty close.

Below is audio of Lochte’s interview. He talks about his plans to move to Los Angeles after the Games so he can embark on becoming a fashion designer.

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Ryan Lochte hides his medals under the mattress in his dorm room

Olympic medals are some of the most prized possessions an athlete can have. When medal-winning athletes return home from competition, they probably work quickly to find a safe spot for their keepsakes. Some probably store the medals in a trophy room, safe, or safe deposit box at a bank. But until they return home from the Olympics, athletes have to settle for some unsecured storage spots for their medals.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte, who won two golds, two silvers, and one bronze in London, has gone old school with his medal-hiding method.

“Right now they’re under my mattress in the village in my bed,” Lochte told Mike Florio, who was hosting The Dan Patrick Show on Friday.

Lochte assured Florio that the hiding spot isn’t as unprotected as it sounds.

“We make sure our door’s locked because not only my medals, but in our living area, we have a couple of other swimmers that have Olympic medals too.”

The 27-year-old gave himself an A- when asked to grade his performance at the London Olympics and says he always tries for an A. He also weighed in on Michael Phelps expected retirement, expressing skepticism that his teammate has swam in his final competition.

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Ryan Lochte downplays all the crazy sex stories from the Olympic Village (Video)

Now that Ryan Lochte has finished swimming at the London Olympics and will be bringing five medals home with him to the United States, he can turn his focus toward rest and relaxation. Lochte, who turned 28 on Friday, was asked all the questions you would expect him to be asked during the recent interview with 12 News in Arizona that you see above. Unlike Hope Solo, he decided to downplay the rumors we have all heard about sex in the Olympic Village.

“Not that I’ve known of,” Lochte said when asked if things have gotten wild at the dorms in London. “I mean I didn’t really notice a big thing in Beijing or Athens. Yeah, they want us to use protection and I guess that’s a good thing.”

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Ryan Lochte’s mom says son doesn’t have time for a girlfriend, only one-night stands

Sorry ladies, but if you were hoping to make Ryan Lochte into your boyfriend, it’s probably not going to happen.

Ike Lochte, the mother of the gold medal-winning swimmer, says her son doesn’t have time for a relationship.

“He goes out on one-night stands,” she told TODAY.com. “He’s not able to give fully to a relationship because he’s always on the go.

“Everything he has done has been to the max,” Ike said. “He’s unique, loving, and he challenges himself all the time.”

It’s no surprise that she would say that about her son. Ryan is turning 28 and spends most of his time training and competing. It’s hard to make room for a full-time relationship when you’re busy trying to be the best swimmer in the world. Plus, even Ryan has explained that there are some big benefits to being single at the Olympics.

We’re guessing Lochte is doing fine in the female department when he does have the time for a companion. The only question is whether or not he gives them a nice parting gift.

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Ryan Lochte’s diamond grill for his teeth designed by a rapper

Ryan Lochte has received plenty of attention at the London Olympics for his style as much as his swimming. Lochte wore a diamond grill in his mouth after winning the 400-meter individual medley last Saturday, and later sparked a controversy when it was reported he was barred from wearing the jewelry over his teeth.

Now we’re learning that the fashion-conscious Lochte actually had the grill designed by rapper Paul Wall aka The Peoples Champ.

“The grill he’s wearing is all hand-prong set, all VS diamonds and custom red rubies,” Wall told XXL Mag. “What he has in his mouth is all hand crafted. Every diamond is set by hand—one by one, prong set and all custom red rubies. Of course we gave him an Olympic discount.”

Wall said that custom grills typically go for anywhere from $15,000-$25,000. He’s pleased that the swimmer is making the grill hip again.

“For him to represent us and our culture, the grill culture, it’s just shining a light on hip-hop in the Olympics,” said the People’s Champ, who’s currently working on a new mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid. “Everyone’s talking about it…it’s just an incredible thing to be part of. I’m just honored to be part of it. There’s not too many world-class swimmers wearing our grill.”

Lochte may not have enough sway to make winged-shoes popular, but there’s no doubt he’s using his time in the limelight to bring back diamond grills.

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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte share support for one another on Twitter

It’s no secret that Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are huge rivals. Phelps is coming off the greatest individual Olympic performance in history four years ago but, after finishing off the podium on Saturday, has clearly lost a step. Lochte, meanwhile, is arguably the best swimmer in the world today and is poised for a monster Games in London.

These are two alpha dogs who probably see the other as infringing on his territory. But at the same time they’re countrymen who should have each other’s support. And we saw just that on Twitter after Lochte came away with the gold after their first showdown on Saturday:

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