When it comes to the Olympics, Ryan Lochte has “been there, done that.” This will be the 11-time Olympic medalists fourth Summer Games.
Lochte is headed to Rio with the same goals and mind set as previous competitions, and he’s hoping to add to his hardware in five different events.
“It’s how bad are you will to push your body? How bad are you willing to hurt?” Lochte said.
Lochte is also a star outside of the water. The Olympian has more than 1 million followers on Twitter and has a multi-million dollar fortune.
None of the pop culture accolades would be possible without his impressive medal count: five gold, three silver and three bronze Olympic medals.
“That’s what keeps me going into the freezing cold pool every morning…I want to accomplish those goals, and I know if I don’t show up that I am going to fall short.”
Lochte must first qualify for his fourth U.S. Olympic team this summer, an accomplishment only achieved by Jason Lezak and Michael Phelps.
Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time is also heading to Rio.
We help each other out. We push each other,” Lochte said about Phelps. “It’s good for the sport.”
While Phelps definitely helps motivate his teammate, Lochte’s “no pain, no gain” attitude certainly allows him to push his body to the limit.