Lochte may be one of the best swimmers in the world, but he's the first to admit that his life isn't confined to the pool. "Swimming is just the sport that I do, it doesn't define who I am," he says. "I still play basketball." In fact, Ryan feels just as comfortable on the basketball court – arguably, too comfortable at times. During a high school finals meet, at which University of Florida head swim coach Gregg Troy was in attendance for recruiting, Ryan was nowhere near the pool just minutes before his heat. His father, Steve Lochte, found him shooting hoops in a basketball court behind the locker room. "'Ryan said: 'One more shot,'" recalls his father. "Then he grabbed his cap and goggles, ran across the courtyard, through the men's locker room, ran behind the starting blocks as they're announcing his name, got on the blocks, and won it." It obviously worked, since Troy is still Lochte's swim coach. Although it may have been a point of tension in the past, Ryan's other sports are a bit more accepted now by his trainers. "They hate it more than anything," Lochte says, "but they know that if I don't do that, I'll probably end up quitting swimming because I can't be doing [only] swimming over and over."
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