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Shamed Olympic Swimmer Still Struggling 3 Years Later

Shamed Olympic Swimmer Still Struggling 3 Years Later
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By    |   Monday, 11 November 2019 12:37 PM

When U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte falsely claimed he had been the victim of an armed robbery during the 2016 Rio Olympics, he had no idea that his life was about to change. But it did. 

Speaking with Alex Rodriguez on his new show "Back in the Game," the 35-year-old swimmer opened up about how the lie knocked him from "hero to zero” and three years later he’s still struggling because of it.

He explained how that one mistake changed his entire life and now he was "trying to fight" his way back to the top again, according to People.

"I feel like I did let down a lot of people. I am a role model and I want to be the best role model for people."

Lochte initially claimed that he and three other U.S. swim team members had been robbed at gunpoint at a gas station however police later accused Lochte of making up the story to cover up vandalizing a gas station. 

He was charged with falsely communicating a crime and suspended from swimming for 10 months, People reported.

Later, Lochte was banned for 14-months from the sport for illegal IV after an image showing him receiving the infusion was posted to Instagram. Despite the setback, he was determined to continue his training in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.

"I may be on the sideline for competition, but I will continue to train every day (for) the opportunity to represent the USA again," he said, according to The Guardian. "I want nothing more than to earn the privilege to swim for my country in my fifth Olympics at Tokyo 2020."

Lochte recently made his comeback in competitive swimming and will be competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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