Six-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte may be spending 20 hours a week swimming to train for the 2012 London Olympics, but as he told writer Stephen Rodrick in the August 2012 issue of 'Men's Journal': "I try not to let swimming define who I am." In other words, he has a life, and we were able to find a few examples of that in Rodrick's original interview with the free-spirited champ, who also graces the cover in a stunning shot by photographer Jake Chessum (photo-shoot outtakes of which are featured in this Web-exclusive Ryan Lochte gallery). From other sports to sports cars, Lochte's extracurricular activities definitely keep him out of the pool. Here are six of his favorites. Launch Gallery >>
Photograph by Jake Chessum
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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