SEE IT: CBC announcer incorrectly crowns Ryan Lochte winner of 200m medley instead of Michael Phelps — ‘I’m sorry everyone… I blew it’

Another CBC announcer had trouble keeping his head above water on Thursday night. During the finals of the 200m individual medley, commentator Elliotte Friedman confused Ryan Lochte for Michael Phelps. The result was an awkward, and very wrong, call throughout the race, which ended with Friedman saying Lochte had finished in first and Phelps in fourth, which would have been a big deal, considering the later was vying for his record fourth consecutive title in the event (and his 22nd gold overall). “Phelps doesn’t look like he has this one in him!” Friedman exclaimed down the stretch, when he mistakingly thought Lochte was full body length ahead of any other swimmer. In reality, it was Phelps who was blowing his competitors out of the water. “Phelps might not even make the podium!” he incorrectly continued. At the finish of the race when the broadcast graphics clearly showed that Phelps had won (which was also evident by the swimmer celebrating), Freidman realized he had botched the entire race. “I apologize, I got my lanes mixed up,” he said, before solemnly saying correcting himself and saying ”Phelps, with the gold.” He took to Twitter after the race to apologize again. “I’m sorry everyone. I blew it. No excuses,” he wrote. On Wednesday, fellow CBC employee Byron McDonald came under fire for a bad gaffe. He said 14-year-old Chinese swimmer Ai Yanhan “went out like stink” and “died like a pig” during the women’s 4x200 freestyle relay, which Canada finished third in. Continue Reading

Ryan Lochte robbed at gunpoint in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers were held up at gunpoint early Sunday morning.Lochte described the incident to NBC on Sunday afternoon."We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over," Lochte said. "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground."And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, 'Get down,' and I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials."His mother Ileana Lochte confirmed the robbery to USA TODAY Sports on Sunday morning.“I think they’re all shaken up. There were a few of them,” Ileana Lochte said. “No, they were just, they just took their wallets and basically that was it.”Patrick Sandusky, spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee, released a statement with details of the incident, although an International Olympic Committee spokesman initially called reports of the incident "absolutely not true."“According to four members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen and Ryan Lochte), they left France House early Sunday morning in a taxi headed for the Olympic Village," Sandusky said in a statement released Sunday afternoon. "Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings. All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities.”Civil Police in Rio released a statement that said it was investigating a robbery of U.S. swimmers.At a news conference later Sunday, American swimmers said they’ve felt safe Continue Reading

As Ryan Lochte stumbles again, Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni and U.S. women take center stage in Olympic swimming pool

LONDON — We always pretend to know, but then these are the Olympics, not the Yankees. These are events that we follow once every four years, not every day, not every inning and every pitch.Ryan Lochte the way we know Derek Jeter, don’t have a real feel for his strengths, weaknesses or performance under pressure.PHOTOS FROM DAY 3 OF THE LONDON OLYMPICS So we get to the pool and start writing about this rivalry between Lochte and Michael Phelps, as if there is nobody else that matters or could possibly supersede the duel in the pool. Except that it hasn’t worked out that way at all at the Aquatics Centre, at least not early on, and now all of us Olympics experts look as if we are not very expert at all.Missy Franklin, who may very well swim away with the most medals of any American here. Daniel Ochoa De Olza/AP Ryan Lochte. Never too late. It was a great day for U.S. swimmers Monday, even if it wasn’t a great one for Lochte. Matthew Grevers and Nick Thoman won gold and silver in the 100-meter backstroke. Plenty of gold, plenty of stories. We were just mining for them in the wrong place. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Ryan Lochte, fiancée Kayla Rae Reid welcome baby boy

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and his fiancée, Kayla Rae Reid, welcomed a baby boy to their family, the 12-time Olympic medalist tweeted Thursday morning.“Never seen a miracle happen before,” Lochte wrote. “Until this morning at 5:46 am. … can’t stop crying from tears of joy.”Lochte, 32, and Reid, 25, named their son, Caiden Zane Lochte. The couple announced they were expecting in December two months after their engagement. A representative for Lochte said Reid and the baby are healthy.In an ESPN The Magazine interview that ran earlier this week, Lochte opened up about his emotional downfall following the Rio Olympics when he was the center of a scandal that rocked the Games. MORE COVERAGE:In Rio, Lochte and three teammates were involved in a gas station incident after a night out partying after their competition was finished. Lochte embellished details of his story about a skirmish at the gas station in which he had allegedly knocked over an advertising poster. A USA TODAY Sports investigation showed that, while Lochte did exaggerate when he said in a TV interview that security guards had put a gun to his forehead, he and teammates were threatened by guards.Lochte, one of the most decorated swimmers ever behind Michael Phelps, said in the ESPN interview that, “I was about to hang up my entire life” when asked if he contemplated suicide after the fallout from Rio. Lochte later batted down the idea of suicide down in a recent TMZ interview, rationalizing that he felt that part of the interview was twisted and “that’s not me.” Contributing: Nicole Auerbach PHOTOS: Swimming at the Rio Olympics Continue Reading

Michael Phelps ready to dive in at U.S. Olympic trials, with eye on rival Ryan Lochte and London Olympic Games

OMAHA, Neb. — The mustache is out, and Michael Phelps is all in. Phelps shaved the facial hair from his upper lip Sunday, the final maintenance step before setting foot in the weight-sensitive starting blocks at the CenturyLink Center’s million-gallon pool Monday when the U.S. Olympic trials commence. He also entered the 400 IM, locking him in for a first-day dual with friendly rival Ryan Lochte. Phelps, who will be swimming in multiple events throughout the weeklong trials, has announced that the London Games will be his final lap around the Olympic rings. Four years removed from his eight-medal haul in Beijing, Phelps, now 26 and the owner of 16 Olympic medals, insisted that he’s more relaxed and ready to absorb the meet atmosphere two more times, in Omaha and London. “We’ll see after this week what size cherry I want to put on top of my sundae,” Phelps said. There is work to be done in between. “Obviously he has kind of destroyed me over the last several years at major meets,” Phelps said. “I guess you could say people are trying to catch him. I can control myself and that’s the only person I can control.” Lochte, meanwhile, likes his chances. Having played bridesmaid to Phelps in Beijing, he streamlined his diet and approach, enduring Strongest Man competition workouts to stretch his potential. He downplays the drama of a rivalry, but readily asserts that he thinks “this is my time.” “I’m lost in my own world,” said Lochte, who has six Olympic medals. “I just do what I love to do. I love to race.” Lochte, 27, acknowledged that Phelps turned up the competition level in the last year. “There is no doubt in my mind that, especially after last year, Michael was like, ‘you know what? I gotta get ready,’” Lochte said. “He definitely put the work in. I know that for sure.” Since 2008, Phelps Continue Reading

Swimmer Ryan Lochte beats Michael Phelps in 400M individual medley at Olympic trials, gets fired up for 2012 Games

OMAHA, Neb. — When flames lining the pool deck inside CenturyLink Center jumped from the six pyrotechnic banks during the 400-meter individual medley, American swimmer Ryan Lochte was mid-stroke as he seized the lead in the final of the Olympic trials Monday evening. “I was like something’s going on,” Lochte said. The display did not distract Lochte, the defending world champion in what is considered the sport’s most grueling event. He overcame challenges from rival Michael Phelps, the world record holder in the event, finishing in 4 minutes and 7.06 seconds to beat Phelps, who touched the wall at 4:07.89, by less than a body length. “I’m very pleased,” said Phelps, who previously swore off competing in the 400 IM after the Beijing Games in 2008. “I just wanted to put myself in a position to win.” What was billed as a duel between Lochte and Phelps saw dark horse Tyler Clary claim the lead for a leg, but Lochte eventually took over after the first 200 meters. All three swam toe-to-toe, in lanes four through six. Phelps went out to an early push, leading the pack through the opening leg of the butterfly, only to be overtaken by Clary in the backstroke. Lochte stayed back, saving his elevated performance for the strong finish. Lochte was the top qualifier in morning preliminaries with a time of 4:10.66. Phelps was next-fastest, cruising through in 4:14.72. Tyler Clary was fourth-fastest at 4:15.88. Lochte, previously signed up for the 400-meter freestyle, lightened his load, choosing to train his attention on the 400 IM earlier in the day. He watched Phelps race in the preliminary heat before him and recognized an ease to Phelps’ effort. Lochte, who won the bronze medal when Phelps took gold in the event during the 2008 Olympics, maintained that he knew Phelps would come faster at night. “That’s the easiest 4:14 he’s ever done,” Lochte said. Continue Reading

Michael Phelps will not compete in 200-meter freestyle at Olympic Games in London

OMAHA, Neb. – Michael Phelps’ London load just got lighter. Phelps, 27, qualified to swim eight events at the Olympics over the last week at the U.S. swimming trials, but his coach, Bob Bowman, announced Monday that Phelps will not compete in the 200-meter freestyle. Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, but took nearly two years off from full training after that. His program has picked up over the last 18 months, but scratching from the 200 freestyle should allow him to better conserve energy in chasing seven medals in London. “I think it would be illogical to do that program on lesser preparation,” said Bowman, who has coached Phelps since before his first Olympics in 2000. “We realized that the level he did here will not be acceptable to win gold medals in London in most of the events. “Also, we’re going to be adding the relays to what we did here.” Phelps found his stroke midway through the meet, but he did not post any times that established American or world records. His best competition came from rival Ryan Lochte, who beat Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley on opening night. But Phelps staved off Lochte in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly as well as the 200 IM. In London, he will do four individual events and three relays. “He wasn’t sharp here,” Bowman said. “He didn’t feel like he had any speed. So I love that he did some decent times and there’s room to improve.” Phelps is scheduled to swim the 4x100 free relay final on July 29, the second day of swimming competition. In dropping the 200 freestyle, the relay will be his only swim of the day. On July 30, he will train his attention on the 200 butterfly preliminary and semifinal. The butterfly is his best stroke. “I felt like the program was too big,” Bowman said. “If we alleviate one of these, he would have more near the end. He was absolutely fine Continue Reading

Nathan Adrian’s upset in 100-meter freestyle sets stage for Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in 200 IM final

LONDON -- Prior to taking their places in the 200-meter Individual Medley Wednesday night, Americans Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps watched teammate Nathan Adrian rip through the 100-meter freestyle to touch the wall in 47.52 seconds, outreaching Australian James Magnussen by one hundredth of a second to claim the gold medal. In the water, beneath the pool deck, Adrian rubbed his eyes in disbelief. His teammates, meanwhile, recognized momentum in the American’s strokes. “We were both going crazy,” Phelps said. “We said in the team meeting yesterday that we are just halfway done and we are just starting to pick up more and more steam.” PHOTOS: LONDON OLYMPICS DAY 5 Phelps and Lochte ceded the stage to Adrian, allowing the sprinter to display his speed in the open water against an Australian whose team referred to its sprinters as “The Weapons of Mass Destruction” leading into London. While the Australians have not lived up to their boastful standard, the Americans, ranging from the headliners like Phelps to first-timers like Tyler Clary, who regsitered the top semifinal time (1:54.71) in the backstroke semifinals Wedesday, Team USA’s continued to cruise toward the podium. The Americans will be favored to claim two medals Thursday night when Lochte and Phelps dive in for the 200 IM final. “I like to say we bring out the best in each other,” Lochte said. The competitiveness has been contagious. For Adrian, blazing past Magnussen, the reigning world champion, registered high on the upset scale. Magnussen appeared stunned to be wearing silver afterward, maintaining that he felt “bulletproof” entering the meet. The defeat proved humbling. “As my coach said during the week, it is a pretty tough time to learn you are human,” Magnussen said. While Phelps was repeatedly humbled earlier in the week, he’s found rhythm in light of establishing a Continue Reading

Ryan Lochte parties nearly as hard as he trained for the 2012 Olympic games

Eleven-time Olympic champ Ryan Lochte doesn’t do things halfway — and that includes partying. The gold medal-winning swimmer went out on the town in London with pals Sunday night and exhibited the same passion and determination he uses to win races in order to have a good time. And it seems clear he succeeded. PHOTOS: STARS WHO LOOK LIKE THEY'VE HAD A LATE NIGHT OUT Piling into a cab with friends, the 28-year-old headed to the trendy Chinawhite nightclub where he and other Olympians finally let loose after years of strict dieting and training. Rotello/MCP/Rex / Rex USA/Rotello/MCP/Rex / Rex USA For once, the Olympic athletes had a chance to let loose after years of tough training regimens. Several hours later, Lochte and pals were photographed leaving the exclusive hangout where they enjoyed free-flowing champagne and cocktails for several hours. PHOTOS: RYAN LOCHTE'S WINNING STYLE It was unclear if the ace swimmer planned to prove his mother right when she claimed her son only engages in “one-night stands,” though Lochte has since clarified his mother’s blunder to explain she only meant he doesn’t have time for a serious relationship. Rotello/MCP/Rex / Rex USA/Rotello/MCP/Rex / Rex USA Champagne flowed and an Olympian spun the tracks at the Chinawhite club. Lochte, who finished with two golds, two silvers and an bronze in the London Games, was joined by a gaggle of other young, toned and jubilant athletes who have finished their competitions in London 2012. U.S. 200 meter backstroke winner Tyler Clary spun dance tracks. “Sounds amazing in here, can't wait to crank it up more and slap people in the face with some bass!!! :) seriously though, going to be epic,” deejay Clary posted on Twitter as his 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. set got going. Rotello/MCP/Rex / Rex USA/Rotello/MCP/Rex / Rex USA Ryan Lochte and his fellow Olympians were intent on celebrating as hard as they’d Continue Reading

More gold and another day at the office for Michael Phelps

BEIJING - Two more golds, two more world records, four Olympic immortals surpassed. Just another day at the office with leaky goggles, and Michael Phelps won't even file for overtime.Phelps' journey has become so routine and so spectacular at the same time, you get confused sometimes about whether to get excited (yes, you should). Phelps himself doesn't seem particularly overjoyed very often, unless he has relay teammates or fellow medalists standing around him to share the glory.There he was, nonchalant-ing it again after he captured his individual race Tuesday, the 200-meter butterfly. He accomplished this despite being unable to see much of anything, because his goggles filled slowly with water. Glug, glug. CLICK TO READ WHY MICHAEL PHELPS IS THE WORLD'S GREATEST SWIMMER"It just kept getting worse and worse through the race," he said. "But it's fine."Of course it is. Everything is always fine with Phelps.He flung off those goggles after the race, tossed them on the pool deck with hardly a smile. No raised fist, no screech of triumph. There was more business to be done, a relay race less than an hour later, and this was no time to hoist a Bud Light.Phelps had won that first race in yet another world record time of 1:52.03, again no biggie. He wanted to come in at 1:51 or better. "For the circumstances, I guess it's not too bad," he said. Not bad at all.After the medals ceremony, he threw yet another bouquet of flowers to his mother, Debbie, who is now very good at catching them. Yawn. Bring on the 4x200 freestyle relay.Phelps swam a sensational first leg in 1:43.31, pulled down the top of his super-Speedo and started cheering. Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Peter Vanderkaay brought home another gold in a world record time of 6:58.56. The Americans won this one by more than five seconds over the poor Russians.Phelps climbs to a medal stand now where no other Olympian has ascended. He passes Mark Spitz, Larissa Latynina, Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi with 11 gold Continue Reading