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
Carter, Lochte’s Doberman
Even Olympians see the value in man's best friend. Lochte's pet Doberman, Carter - unsurprisingly named after Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., or Lil Wayne - may have caused the swimmer an ankle sprain right before the 2008 Olympic trials in Beijing, but not even a potentially career-altering injury can interrupt Lochte's love for his pooch. After some time away, Ryan tweeted, "Carter decided to sleep under the covers between my legs.... He miSses daddy." Despite their close bond, Carter and Lochte seem to share some aquatic differences. "Soo hard to wash a dog when he hates water... Poor lil carter!!!" in a follow-up tweet. Even if Carter isn't so quick to follow Lochte into the pool, these two are clearly best buds.
Credit: Jake Chessum