The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are now in full swing and with two events under his belt, Ryan Lochte, the Port Orange hometown hero, has found success both times, earning two medals. Lochte opened this year’s Olympic swimming competition winning the 400-meter Individual Medley taking the first gold medal for America this Olympics. He did so by beating the Brazilian silver medalist by a whopping 3.68 seconds and also beating out fellow American and the Olympic’s all-time-greatest winner, Michael Phelps. On Sunday, Lochte anchored the US men’s 4x100-meter Freestyle relay coming up just short in the end but still bringing a silver medal to his team and the USA.
Lochte, a graduate of Spruce Creek High School, spent much of his adolescence in the Port Orange area training at our local YMCA. He then went on to swim for the University of Florida earning the title NCAA Swimmer of the Year twice as well as seven NCAA and SEC championships. Lochte currently holds three world records as well as three American records. Lochte notched two more medals so far to his resume this Olympics, bringing his total to eight, but he will be looking for more in the next few days.
Lochte has four more events to go in these Olympics: the 200-meter Freestyle Final today (7:43 EST, NBC), the 4x200m Freestyle Relay on Tuesday, and the 200-meter Backstroke and 200-meter Individual Medley which both begin Wednesday. For your specific time and channel to view Ryan’s hunt for more gold visit NBC Olympics.