Ryan Lochte

Ryan on progress

“I thought '08 would be my peak, but I'm finding ways to get better, stronger all the time. It's a good feeling.”

Ryan Lochte is a swimming machine. A finely tuned machine. He continually improves his fitness, tweaks his form and hones his mental toughness to do what he loves, race the best in the world.

His times are proof of his commitment. Ryan set the U.S. Open record in the 200m individual medley at the 2009 U.S. World Championships Trials with a time of 1:54.56. Just weeks later at Worlds, he broke the world record in 1:54.10.

At the 2010 Short Course Worlds, Ryan earned six gold medals, two in world-record time. He finished the 400m individual medley in 3:55.50, almost two seconds lower than the previous record. And, in the 200m individual medley, Ryan broke the world record by more than a second (1:50.08) and beat the second-place finisher by nearly three seconds. What’s more, these records are the first individual world records set in 2010 after high-tech bodysuits were banned.

Watch this speedster continue to drop times on his way to his fourth Olympics in 2016.

Watch Ryan’s aha moments:


  • Birthday: August 3, 1984
  • College: University of Florida

Winning Record

  • Olympics
    2012 – Gold, 400m individual medley 4:05.18; Gold, 800m freestyle relay 6:56.70; Silver, 400 freestyle relay 3:10.38; Silver, 200m individual medley 1:54.90; Bronze, 200m backstroke 1:53.94
    2008 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay (WR); Bronze, 200m individual medley; Gold, 200m backstroke (WR), Bronze, 400m individual medley
    2004 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay (AR); Silver, 200m individual medley
  • World Championships
    2011 – Gold, 200m individual medley (WR); Gold, 400m individual medley; Gold, 200m backstroke; Gold, 200m freestyle; Gold, 800m freestyle relay
    2010 – Gold, 200m freestyle (scm) (AR) (CR); Gold, 200m backstroke (scm) (AR); Gold, 100m individual medley (scm); Gold, 200m individual medley (scm) (WR); Gold, 400m individual medley (scm) (WR); Gold, 400m medley relay (scm) (AR); Silver, 800m freestyle relay (scm) (AR)
    2009 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay (WR); Gold, 400m individual medley; Bronze, 200m backstroke; Gold, 200m individual medley (WR); Gold, 400m freestyle relay
  • Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
    2011 – Bronze, 100m backstroke; Gold, 200m individual medley; Gold, 400m individual medley
  • Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships
    2010 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay; Gold, 400m freestyle relay; Gold, 200m freestyle; Gold, 400m individual medley; Gold, 200m backstroke; Gold, 200m individual medley
    2006 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay (AR); Silver, 100m backstroke; Silver, 200m individual medley
  • U.S. Nationals
    2011 – Bronze, 100m backstroke

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