Ryan Lochte is a swimmer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Ryan Lochte will swim four individual events and at least one relay at the Olympics after his performance at the Olympic Trials. He beat Michael Phelps in the 400m IM but then finished second to him in the 200m IM and 200m freestyle. Phelps' subsequent withdrawal from the 200m freestyle pushed Lochte to the top spot in that event entering the Games. Lochte also captured gold in the 200m backstroke. His event total could be seven if the U.S. coaches decide to include him on the 4x100m freestyle and the 4x100m medley relays, but for now he's in his four individual events and the 4x200m freestyle relay.

After winning two gold and two bronze medals at the 2008 Olympics, Lochte's swimming career took off. And by took off we mean he became the best swimmer in the world. Lochte had the year of his life in 2010, cleaning house at the Pan-Pacific Championships by going a perfect six for six. American rival Michael Phelps won five races at the meet, and the latter's coach Bob Bowman said Lochte was better than his swimmer.

Lochte broke six world records since Beijing and still holds three of them, the long-course 200m and 400m IM and the short-course 200m IM. He nearly lowered the long-course 200m IM mark at the 2010 Pan-Pacs but eventually finished the race just 0.33 seconds slower than his record. He ended the year by winning six gold medals at the Short-Course Worlds.

Lochte started the 2011 World Championships as a favorite in just about every event he entered. At the end of the meet, Lochte was five gold medals richer after going five for five in Shanghai. His victories came in the 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m IM, 400m IM and the 800m freestyle relay. His time in the 200m IM set a world record, the first long-course world record to fall since high-tech swimsuits were banned in January 2010. If there was any way to top his 2010 season, this was it.

Like all swimmers, Lochte follows a rigorous training program in and out of the pool. A few youtube videos of his dryland workouts, however, showed just how hard he trains. Lochte uses ropes, chains and heavy free weights to get himself into top condition ... Lochte debuted his custom sneakers made by Speedo at the 2010 U.S. Championships, which he called "martian." They're bright green and the bottoms spell out his name. Talk about leaving his mark wherever he goes.

Lochte shed the label of "Mr. Runner-up" in Beijing with his victory over U.S. teammate Aaron Peirsol in the 200m backstroke, Lochte's first individual Olympic gold medal. The two had shared the world record coming into the Olympics, but Lochte lowered it in the final with a time of 1:53.94. Peirsol, who was attempting to sweep the backstroke events at consecutive Olympics, instead took the silver in 1:54.33. Lochte finished the Games with bronze medals in the 200m and 400m IM and another gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, where he helped shatter the world record.

Lochte's big breakthrough came at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, when he upset teammate Peirsol in the 200m backstroke, taking the world record and winning his only individual gold medal of the meet. Lochte finished second to Peirsol in the 100m backstroke and to Michael Phelps in the 200m and 400m IM, with Peirsol and Phelps setting their own world records in each of the three races. Lochte also won gold and helped set a world record in the 4x200 freestyle relay, raising his medal total to two golds and three silvers.

Lochte also made waves out of the pool at the Worlds by wearing a silver and diamond grill (a dental accessory usually worn by rappers) on the medal stand to collect his silver for the 200m IM. Lochte said he brought the grill to Melbourne and his roommate, Cullen Jones, suggested he wear it if he won a medal. When he came out, Lochte couldn't stop laughing, because gold medalist Michael Phelps was laughing at him.

Lochte won a silver in Athens in the 200m IM, behind Phelps, and a gold in the 4x200 free relay. He says that race, where the Americans edged out the Australians, was the first time he got noticed in the swimming world. Before the Olympics, his only international experience was at the 2003 Pan Am Games, where he also won gold in the 4x200 free relay. Apart from winning a gold medal, Lochte's favorite part about Athens was the all-you-can-eat McDonald's in the athlete village. "That was probably the best thing ever," Lochte said. "I hope they have that again."

Though he has a reputation for being laid back, Lochte has a competitive streak and holds nothing back when he gets behind the blocks. "When the starter goes off, I don't know, something switches and I become a racer," Lochte said. "And when I get out, I'm laid-back Ryan." But don't be fooled by his demeanor: Lochte hates to lose.

When Lochte was three and living in upstate New York, he was playing on an icy pool deck at Monroe Community College and fell in. His father quickly rescued him, but the story goes that Ryan was laughing, not crying, and at that point they knew he'd be a natural. His family moved from Bristol, N.Y., to Florida when Ryan was 12. His father, Steve, was his first coach at the Daytona Beach Swim Club.

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Age: 33 years old
Birthday: August 3, 1984
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Full Name / Real Name: Ryan Steven Lochte
Birthplace: Rochester, NY
Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL
Current Residence: Gainesville, FL

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