PHOENIX, Arizona, September 19. RYAN Lochte fans got some bad news today, when the E! network announced that it was not renewing Lochte’s reality show for another season. “What Would Ryan Lochte Do” was not a hit for the network, scoring an average of 400,000 viewers per episode and probably costing a lot of money to follow Lochte around for several months to parties, photo shoots and the like. “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” by comparision, got 2.4 million viewers at the height of its popularity. Now that Lochte is not concerned with TV cameras following his every move, he can put a full focus on training, though we’re certain he’s got a few plans for the future that don’t involve swimming.
Now that Tokyo has won the privilege of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, the media’s attention is turning to which city could be the frontrunner for the 2024 Games. Right now, all the attention is focused on which of the six cities will be picked by the US Olympic Committee to run as the country’s candidate city. We’re still more than a year away from the USOC’s pick for that city, but just recently, Los Angeles made its intentions known, as the LA county board of supervisors made a unanimous vote to urge the USOC to consider Los Angeles. Not sure how much weight that will hold in terms of the USOC considering the best city, but it can’t hurt, either. What could hurt Los Angeles is its two previous stints as host. With Tokyo set to host the Olympics for the second time, will it be wise to present to the International Olympic Committee a city that has been there, done that? Only time will tell.
Speaking of the Olympics, today marks the 25th anniversary of the first day of finals at the 1988 Olympics. It was a big day in the pool. Kristin Otto won the first of her six gold medals when she won the 100 freestyle, continuing on to win the 100 fly, 100 back, 50 free and both relays. Matt Biondi was on a quest to match Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals in one Olympics, but that quest ended in the first race, when Australia’s Duncan Armstrong beat Biondi to the wall in the 200 freestyle. Biondi would get third in that race, his only bronze in an Olympics that would see him get five golds and a silver. And Janet Evans won the first of her three gold medals with a somewhat surprising win in the 400 individual medley. Evans would go on to win the 400 free with an amazing world record, as well as the 800 free with an Olympic record time that would stand until 2008. And my personal favorite event of that day was the 100 breaststroke, which Great Britain’s Adrian Moorehouse won by one hundredth of a second. I remember watching those Olympic Games, and it was indeed an exciting week of swimming.