Lochte opted for a bleached out blond/gray/blue/silver shade. He did it not only to be different, but to hide whatever gray strands might be peeking through now that he’s in his 30s.
“I went full gray,” he said, smiling and winking. “Grayish/blue.”
While Lochte loves to clown, he’s all business when it comes to the upcoming competition.
“The lead-up to this Games for me personally was a lot different … than 2012. I think I had more of a target on my back in 2012. But since the past couple years haven’t been up to par for myself, my standards, I think I’m the underdog now, even though what I’ve accomplished in this sport doesn’t seem that way, ” the 11-time Olympic medalist said. “So that’s really good for my mind set going into this Olympics — that I’m the underdog and I have to earn my spot up on the podium.”
Lochte is scheduled to compete in two events in Rio, the men’s 200-meter individual medley, with prelims and semifinals on Wednesday and the final next Thursday, and as a member of the 4×200 freestyle relay on Tuesday. He’ll have some stiff competition in the IM event from his longtime rival — and the most decorated Olympian of all time — Michael Phelps, who is competing in the same event, and Japanese youngster Kosuke Hagino.
As far as Lochte’s feelings on Phelps?
“I honestly don’t think this is going to be his last Olympics,” Lochte said (via the Los Angeles Times) of his 31-year-old rival. “I’m saying he’s going to come back again.”
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