Ryan Lochte is as bedazzled with Olympic medals as pearls in a deep sea oyster. The 12-time Olympic swimmer has bagged six gold, three silver and three bronze medals for his troubles. He is definitely an athlete to envy for most and to look up to for others. Ryan is undoubtedly the best Olympic swimmer second only to Michael Phelps.

His accolades are not confined to the Olympics, however. Throughout his career and spanning every competition he has ever participated in, Ryan has garnered 90 medals; 54 gold, 22 silver, and 14 bronze. Lochte won the Swammy Award’s 2013 US Male Swimmer of the Year. He has also picked up the World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year twice, and the FINA Swimmer of the Year thrice.

For his efforts with the American team, Lochte holds the world record for 4×200-meter freestyle (long course), and 4×100-meter freestyle (mixed) relay. As a solo performer, he is the world record holder for the 200-meter individual medley (for both long and short courses) and the 400-meter individual medley (short course).

Early life and career

Ryan is half Dutch and half-Cuban thanks to his parents. He was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Bristol where he went to Bloomfield Central Schools. Ryan’s parents taught him to swim when he was just five. His father got a job to help coach swimming when he was 12 years old. This job meant the family had to move to Florida.

He didn’t take swimming seriously and was always causing some kind of mischief for other kids in the water. However, his attitude towards swimming changed at 14, when he lost at the Junior Olympics.

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In 2007, Ryan Lochte graduated from the University of Florida with a major in sports management. He swam for the Florida swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Olympian also swam in the Southeastern Conference competition for four years, from 2004 to 2007. One of the most notable memories from that period of his career was when he broke the nearly decade-old NCAA record set by Tom Dolan in the 400-yard individual medley.

Ryan’s Olympic debut came in 2008. This edition of the Olympic games saw Ryan Lochte bag one team gold and individual gold and one team bronze and individual bronze. The professional swimmer continued to garner medals and accolades in the years leading up to the 2012 Olympics in London. He rounded up his London endeavors with 5 medals: two golds. two silvers and one bronze. One gold and one silver were individual honors.

At the Rio Olympics in 2016, Ryan got another gold, bringing his Olympic medal tally to twelve.

Ryan’s endeavors do not end in a swimming pool. He has appeared on the episodal shows 30 Rock and 90210, both in 2012. He has also participated with professional dancer Cheryl Burke on the dance show, Dancing With The Stars. In 2013, he launched his own reality television show titled What Would Ryan Lochte Do? It aired an eight-episode season before it was canceled five weeks later.

The decorated Olympian has had his own share of controversies too. At the Rio Olympics in August 2016, he and teammate Jimmy Feigen claimed that they along with two other of their teammates had been robbed at gunpoint. A police report and a surveillance footage later dispelled their claims and put them in danger of an 18-month prison sentence according to Brazilian law. The swimmer ended up serving a 10-month ban from swimming as punishment. A suspension that he says made him stronger.

Ryan Lochte’s Family, Mom

Ryan’s father, Steven Lochte, is of German, Dutch, and English heritage. His mother, Ileana Lochte (formerly Aramburu) was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He has four siblings; Kristin, Megan, Devon, and Brandon.

Ryan Lochte and his mom, Illeana Lochte

Ryan obviously shares a strong bond with his mom. She showed her penchant to always come to her son’s defense during an interview on Good Morning America. Illeana defended her son, Ryan’s bleached hair at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She said that he was the sort of person who loved to do whatever he wanted and that she had gotten used to it. Even though she admitted that she wasn’t a fan of the hair color, she said that Ryan looked cute in it. She also said that it was much better than the American flag-themed grill he had spotted in the previous edition of the Olympic games.

Illeana also helped start the fire surrounding the news that her son and his teammates had been robbed at the Rio Olympics. She told Fox Sports during an interview that the incident had happened at gunpoint.

Ryan Lochte’s Relationships – Girlfriend, Gay, Wife, Fiancé

Ryan is certainly not gay and may be married now, but he has dated a few other celebrities in the past. In 2011, he was in a relationship with American singer, K. Michelle. They ended it after approximately a year of being together.

Subsequently, rumors spread that he was dating Australian swimmer, Blair Evans. His mother dispelled the rumor during her 2012 interview with US Weekly. According to her, Ryan was too focused on his career to think about relationships.

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During the 2016 Rio Olympics, it became public knowledge that Ryan Lochte was dating Kayla Rae Reid. Kayla is a former Playboy Housemate. She was the Playboy Playmate of the month for July 2015. In October 2016, they got engaged and had a son together on June 8, 2017. His name is Caiden Zane Lochte. The couple finally tied the knot in January 2018.

Net Worth – How wealthy is Ryan Lochte? 

Ryan has done pretty well for himself. The veteran Olympian has enough endorsement deals and commercial appearances to earn him a sizable fortune. He has signed endorsement deals with the likes of Speedo, Gillette, Gatorade, Nissan, AT&T, Ralph Lauren, Procter and Gamble and more. He has also featured in commercials for the promotion of the Nissan Altima and has been on the covers of Vogue, Time, Men’s Journal and Men’s Health.

According to Fortune Magazine, these extra-curricular earned him about $2.3 million all before the 2012 Olympics in London. Factor his numerous medals from the Olympics and other competitions and it is easy to see why sources such as CelebrityNetWorth has put his net worth at $6 million.

Ryan Lochte’s Body Measurements

The multiple-title holder stands at an impressive and intimidating height of 6 feet 2 inches, which translates to 1.88m. His sport and lifestyle lead him to maintain a healthy weight of 88kg. This keeps him at a chest size of 44 inches, biceps of 15 inches and waist size of 34 inches. He also has blue colored eyes and light brown colored hair.