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
Though for swim training he plans to stay in Gainesville, his home of the past 10 years, Lochte loves Los Angeles enough that he's planning on buying a house there. "I love it out there," he says. "Everything's just really relaxed and chill." It may be "chill," but Los Angeles is no Gainesville for someone who needs limited distractions, so Lochte won't be living in California full-time. "I think I'd be a little distracted," he admits. "There'd be something to do all the time." As of now, the plan is to split his time, especially if he decides to train for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. "I'm going to go back and forth throughout the month," he says, "[but] I definitely want to move out there."
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