Ryan Lochte Wins 4 Races at Cup

CNC reporting from Vancouver
Added On May 29, 2013

With a top field of swimmers from around North America for the three-day meet, star attraction Lochte (LOCH-TEE) who only returned to serious training just over a month ago, did not disappoint.

Lochte (LOCH-TEE) said it was good to be back in the pool in a competition situation.

STANDUP: AL CAMPBELL, CNC correspondent
"After a lengthy break following last summer's London Olympics Games, U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte served notice that he is officially back as he won four out of six races here in Vancouver over the weekend at the International Canada Cup swim meet. The 28-year-old American, the winner of 11 Olympic medals during his storied career, will now go to the U.S. trials with the hopes of earning a spot in the upcoming world championships. At the last world championships in Shanghai, Lochte won six medals including five gold."

Over the weekend Lochte won races in 200 meters backstroke, 200 meters freestyle, 200 meters individual medley, an event he holds the world record in, and the 100 freestyle.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): RYAN LOCHTE, U.S. Olympic swimmer
"My overall performance this meet was pretty good. I'm happy with it. I'm heading in the right direction leading up to world trials. I know what I got to do and I still have a month to fix all the little things in my training and hopefully make that world team."

Lochte (LOCK-TEE), who finished a close second in his other two events this weekend, has seen his celebrity explode in North America since the London Olympics through starring in his own reality television show. What would Ryan Lochte (LOCK-TEE) do? He adds that while the television show was fun experience for him, now he needed to get back into serious training mode and be Ryan Lochte (LOCK-TEE) the swimmer.

SOUNDBITE: RYAN LOCHTE, U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMER,
"Yeah, I mean right now the past month I've put the best training that I've had pretty much my whole entire life. So I'm happy going into world trials and you know it's just a matter of if I make the team or not and I really think I can because the work that I've done in the past and the past month I've done my best I can. We're just going to have to wait and see."

After winning four medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and another five medals in London, Loche’s long-term goal is to make the U.S. Olympic team for the 2016 Rio Games.

If successful, Lochte will be 32 years old in what will be his fourth Olympics appearance.

SOUNDBITE: RYAN LOCHTE, U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMER
"When you get older a lot of people, a lot of swimmers think you don't have to train as hard. But I mean it's not the case. You still have to put in that yardage. That's one thing I know how to do. As you get older you have to start paying more attention to the little things, whether it is your starts, your stroke mechanics, pretty much anything comes into play."

With higher ambition, Lochte now heads to California in preparation for the U.S. trials.