In the midst of the fallout from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months, which will put him on the shelf until the end of June 2017. Additionally, he will be out from the 2017 World Swimming Championships in July.
Lochte was swept up in world-wide scandal while a member of the U.S. Olympic team in Brazil over the summer. Reports had first trickled out that the swimmer was being held at gunpoint, but quickly morphed into a convoluted account of he said, she said, that painted the group of swimmers in a malicious light. After he was indicted by Brazil for having lied about being held at gunpoint by police officers in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Lochte has become a running Internet meme and glutton for punishment both in the United States and around the world.
Logistically, the suspension puts Lochte on a difficult track to return to swimming. After seeing 28-time Medalist Michael Phelps participate in his last Olympic Games at age 31, the next time Lochte would be able to return to the pool for competition would be at age 35.
A 12-time Medalist (which puts him second all-time to only Phelps) and world record holder in three separate events, Lochte has carved out a swimming legacy of his own, but it is one that has been overshadowed by his scandal this summer. Regardless of what occurred at the gas station in Rio, Lochte won his sixth Gold Medal this summer as a member of the 4×200 men’s freestyle relay, and that cannot be inaccurately recounted.