Ryan Lochte confirmed weekday that he’ll compete within the 400-meter individual medley at the Rio Olympic trials, answering one of the most important questions around the event that starts next week at CenturyLink Center.
Lochte raced to gold in the four hundred IM at the London Olympic Games in 2012 but has swum the event less than a dozen times since.
“I tried to hide it all year,” the 31-year-old Lochte said. “It’s one of the toughest events in the sport of swimming, and that’s why i really like the event. i really like it because you can’t be great in one stroke. you have to be good in everything.”
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Lochte alluded to the actual fact that age has taken its toll. In response to a question regarding the most important difference between this Trials and his first, Lochte identified the increased need for recovery between events as the biggest difference in his view.
Asked why he’s swimming the four hundred IM, when he knows it’ll take a toll on him, Lochte responded, “Dropping the event to target other events wouldn’t be fun. For me, fun is a challenge. i really like having a challenge. The 400 IM, particularly with how old i’m, how fast other swimmers are, it’ll definitely be a challenge.”
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Coach David Marsh followed that up by explaining that Lochte has four nice strokes that work better for him at four hundred IM speed than at the speeds the individuals 100s are swum at. Marsh also noted that Lochte has a tremendous physiological ability to recover.
Asked about his biggest competitors, Lochte declined to mention any specific opponents, but said “You have to be robust. you’ve got to be able to train. i believe my biggest opponent are going to be myself if my mindset is correct, i’ll definitely do really well.”