Ryan Lochte, the Male World Swimmer of the Year, looks back on what was a successful 2011. Among the highlights was five gold medals at the world championships, new sponsors as a result of his notoriety. The success has brought him much financial gain, but it doesn't mean his work in the pool is diminishing in the road to London. He also talks about preparing for the Olympics, including the events he might swim and when taper might begin.
Ryan Lochte attended the recent Eastern States coaches clinic to work with kids on stroke technique. He took the time to talk to Swimming World senior writer John Lohn about his performances at the world championships, training for the Olympics and what meets he'll attend before then.
Ryan Lochte ended 2010 as the top male swimmer of the year, but he still thinks of himself as the underdog chasing others in the pool. He discusses the mental aspect of training and what his focus is while in the pool grinding out the yards. He also discusses his potential program for the Olympic Trials and what he'll possibly do in selecting events for the Olympics.
July 23, 2010: Ryan Lochte talks about the recent groin injury that could keep him out of the individual medleys at nationals in August, dealing with Coach Gregg Troy during taper season and the upcoming release of his new shoe line and other fashion-related possibilities in the near future.