Suspended Swimmer To Compete In the Inland Empire

Olympic champion Ryan Lochte is set to compete in Southern California this weekend. The twelve-time medalist will be swimming in the US Masters Spring National Championships at Riverside City College.

Lochte was suspended from the USA Swimming national team after a gas-station incident at last year's Rio Olympic games. Lochte initially told Brazilian police that he and his friends were returning home from a party when they were pulled over and robbed by a group of armed men. 

That didn't go over well with Brazilian authorities who weren't happy about how they had been portrayed in American media. A subsequent investigation revealed that Lochte and his friends had not been robbed after all, and instead had stopped at the gas station. After damaging a bathroom, they were confronted by a security guard who attempted to get them to pay for the damage. During an interview with Billy Bush the next day, Lochte told the story about being held at gunpoint saying that police had held a "gun pointed to my head." He told Bush that alleged muggers took their money, and wallets.

Lochte later corrected the record and apologized after video of the incident went public. the Gold medalist lost sponsors in addition to being banned from competing for 10 months. 

Lochte relocated to Los Angeles with his pregnant fiancee to train at USC's complex while preparing himself for a comeback. The group has confirmed that Lochte is eligible to swim in the US Masters meet. 

Read more with the Los Angeles Times


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