Courtesy of: Azaria Basile
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, May 13. THE Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte just lost some of its star power as Ryan Lochte has been forced to pull out of the meet.
The news first broke when the U.S. Olympic Team Twitter account posted what initially seemed to be a rumor about Lochte not swimming. Swimming World has since confirmed the rumor is legitimate with sources close to the meet.
SwimMAC head coach David Marsh won't go that far to say that Lochte is a full blown scratch for the meet, telling Swimming World: "We're working on it now to determine what we're going to do."
@OutAlive1985 Sorry for the delay! Interview has been moved to later in the summer bc Ryan is no longer competing in Charlotte this week.-- US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) May 13, 2014
Nick Zaccardi of NBCOlympics.com, however, has bad news for Lochtenation as Lochte's non-swimming specific people have now told Zaccardi that he won't be swimming this weekend.
Ryan Lochte's publicist confirms he's out of Charlotte GP, precautionary as knee bothering him from previous MCL tear.— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) May 13, 2014
As a refresher, Lochte injured his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and sprained his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his left knee in November when a female fan ran toward him on the street in Florida. When the two toppled over, Lochte hit his knee on the curb and was out of the pool for a couple of months. Though he returned to racing in February at the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando and last month in Mesa, Lochte admitted he had ignored doctor's orders to hold off on racing. Lochte withdrew from the last night of finals in Mesa with knee issues.
Lochte was scheduled to swim the 200 free, 100 fly, 400 IM, 100 back, 200 IM, 200 back and the 100 free. USA Swimming has not removed Lochte from the psych sheet, as of this posting.