Ryan Lochte Wins 200-Meter Individual Medley at U.S. National Championships

Ryan Lochte is big atop the winner’s podium…

The 35-year-old half-Cuban American swimmer won the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. National Championships, fresh off a 14-month ban.

Ryan Lochte

The 12-time Olympic medalist touched in 1 minute, 57.76 seconds on Sunday — 1.07 ahead of runner-up Shaine Casas— to earn his first national title since 2014. 

Lochte’s time was quicker than his time-trial effort of 1:57.88 in the event four days earlier, which didn’t count toward qualifying for the national team.

It was the lone victory and only final of the five-day meet for Lochte, who turned 35 a day earlier. He finished 37th in the 200 freestyle preliminaries, fourth in the C final of the 100 butterfly, and scratched the B final of the 100 backstroke.

Lochte was competing for the first time since the recent end of a 14-month suspension for receiving an infusion of vitamin B12 above the allowable limit.

Ryan Lochte Makes Emphatic Return to Competition at the U.S. National Championships

Ryan Lochte is back in a big way…

The 34-year-old Cuban American Olympic champion made an emphatic return to competition Wednesday, swimming the fourth-fastest time by an American in the 200-meter individual medley during a time trial at the Phillips 66 National Championships at Stanford University.

Ryan Lochte

“I’m back, Woo!” Lochte proclaimed in his opening remarks on the pool deck at Avery Aquatic Center after qualifying for the U.S. Olympic trials with the time of 1 minute, 57.88 seconds. “It’s been a long three years but it’s good to be back, get on those blocks and race again.”

Lochte is entered in the 100 butterfly, 100 and 200 backstrokes and 200 and 400 IM this week, though he hasn’t decided which events he’ll focus on for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I don’t do that much anymore,” Lochte said. “I’ve been splotchy with my swimming. Family trumps everything. Swimming has been my second priority. Nationals, for me, is a stepping stone to see where I’m at in the swimming world. It’s a long journey to next year to see what I can do.”

Lochte said he’s not the same man he was three years ago, when he partied hard during and following the 2016 Rio Olympics, in which he was involved in a fake police report. Last year, he was given a 14-month suspension for receiving an infusion of vitamin B-12 above the allowed limit.

The meet is his first event since the suspension ended last week. During that time, he checked himself into a rehab center for six weeks to fight alcohol abuse.

“There was a point in my life where I needed to change, so I checked myself in,” Lochte said. “My wife was pregnant and I needed to help her. I did all the classes and got out. Since Caiden and my new daughter, Liv, I have a new perspective on life.”

He said he has limited himself to a glass of wine to celebrate the birth of his daughter but that’s been the extent of his alcohol intake since going to rehab.

“There are bigger and better things in my life,” he said. “I’m glad I went to rehab. I needed help and I came out a better man.”

Competing in his fifth Olympics motivates him in the pool. His family drives him to succeed.

“I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone,” Lochte said. “My big goal is 2020 and to reach the podium. I do it for me and my family. I’m having fun again. I haven’t had fun since the 2012 Olympics. My wife and kids have been my backbone. It’s awesome.”

Hernandez to Compete on Season 23 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

Laurie Hernandez is heading from the beam to the ballroom…

The 16-year-old Puerto Rican gymnast, who helped lead Team USA’s Women’s Gymnastics team to gold at the 2016 Rio Games, has joined ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for Season 23.

Laurie Hernandez

Hernandez, who won an individual silver medal for her balance beam routine at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will be paired with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

But Hernandez isn’t the only Hispanic celebrity hitting the dance floor this season…

Controversial Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, will compete this season. The 32-year-old half-Cuban American swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist, who said he made a “very big mistake” when he claimed to have been held up at gunpoint during the Rio Games, will be paired with professional dancer Cheryl Burke.

Meanwhile, former The Fosters star Jake T. Austin will also make a bid for the Mirror Ball trophy. The 21-year-old part-Puerto Rican, Argentine and Spanish actor will be paired with professional dancer Jenna Johnson.

Other celebrity competitors set to foxtrot their way onto the show include Former Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Indy race car driver James Hinchcliffe, Brady Bunchs Maureen McCormick, actress Marilu Henner, Amber Rose, rapper/reality star Vanilla Ice, R&B singer Kenneth “Babyface” EdmondsLittle Women: LA’s Terra Jole, and country music singer/actress Jana Kramer.

Season 23 will see the return of pros Derek and Julianne Hough, who last appeared in 2015. Derek, a six-time Dancing champ, will be back as a dancer, while Julianne will serve as a judge.

Also returning is pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, He last appeared in 2014 when he and Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis won the mirror ball trophy in Season 18. And Burke is back, after leaving the show in 2014.

Julianne Hough, a former pro dancer on the show, is expected to be joined at the judge’s table by Carrie Ann InabaBruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, who judged with Hough the past two iterations of the ballroom dance competition series.

Here are the new season’s dance pairings:

Cheryl Burke with Ryan Lochte
Maksim Chmerkovskiy with Amber Rose
Valentin Chmerkovskiy with Laurie Hernandez
Emma Slater with Rick Perry
Derek Hough with Marilu Henner
Artem Chigvintsev with Maureen McCormick
Sasha Farber with Terra Jole
Witney Carson with Vanilla Ice
Lindsay Arnold with Calvin Johnson
Jenna Johnson with Jake T. Austin
Allison Holker with Babyface
Sharna Burgess with James Hinchcliffe
Gleb Savchenko with Jana Kramer

The new season of Dancing With The Stars premieres on Monday, September 12.

Lochte Helps Team USA Win Swimming Gold in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay

2016 Rio Games

Ryan Lochte has surpassed a swimming icon…

The 32-year-old half-Cuban American swimmer won his first gold medal of 2016 Rio Games and his 12th overall, swimming the third leg for the victorious U.S. 4×200 freestyle relay team on Tuesday night.

Ryan Lochte

With the gold medal performance, Lochte passed Mark Spitz to become the second most decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time.

Michael Phelps swam the anchor leg, winning his second gold medal of the night, as the U.S. won an event it usually dominates by a substantial margin.

Team USA had the lead at the halfway mark thanks to Conor Dwyer (1:45.23) and Townley Haas (1:44.14), but Lochte and Phelps took the advantage to another level as the Americans beat runner-up Great Britain by more than two seconds.

Ryan Lochte

With the gold in a time of 7:00.66 seconds, Lochte also passed his hero Matt Biondi to become the second-most-decorated American male swimmer in history behind Phelps with 12 Olympic medals — half of them gold.

It’s the 21st Olympic gold medal for Phelps, who continues to build on his seemingly unbeatable medal count of 25.

Team USA has won the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay on 17 occasions at the Olympic Games, a record for most wins by one country in a single swimming event.

Lochte needs a medal in Thursday’s 200m individual medley to pass American women Jenny ThompsonDara Torres and Natalie Coughlin to become the second-most-decorated swimmer behind Phelps and the fourth-most-decorated athlete regardless of sport.

Lochte to Compete in the 200M Individual Medley at the 2016 Summer Games

Ryan Lochte will return to the Olympics this year to compete in his favorite event…

The 31-year-old half-Cuban American swimmer matched Michael Phelps stroke for stroke in the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on Friday night, both surging to the wall in almost perfect sync.

Ryan Lochte

Phelps got there first, just ahead of Lochte, the guy who has pushed him hard for more than a decade.

It was the latest epic of their longtime rivalry — and billed as the last showdown in their home country before the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

“Ryan and I always have a great race with one another,” said Phelps, who plans to retire again after his fifth Olympics. “When we race each other, we bring each other to a different level.”

Phelps led from start to finish, but Lochte was right with him all the way. In fact, Lochte seemed to pull even midway through the final lap, but Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, managed to get to the wall in 1 minute, 55.91 seconds.

Lochte was next at 1:56.22 and had no complaints about the consolation prize: his only individual race at the Olympics.

“I knew going into this race it was definitely going to be a dogfight to the end,” Lochte said. “It’s been a long journey, but the journey’s not over. We still have another month to get ready and show the world that the U.S. is number one.”

Lochte, an 11-time medalist, injured his groin on the first day of the meet, struggled in his next few races and was down to his final chance to get a swim of his own at the Summer Games.

Now, that’s out of the way, which means Phelps and Lochte will get another crack at each other in South America.

As a three-time defending gold medalist in the 200 IM, Phelps will be the favorite. But he knows Lochte won’t be far behind, especially with a month to recover from the groin issue.

“I don’t know of another person in this world who brings out the best in me like he does,” said Phelps, who has 18 golds and 22 medals overall. “Neither one of us likes to lose.”

Lochte to Compete for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games

Ryan Lochte is heading to Rio de Janeiro…

The 31-year-old half-Cuban American swimmer, an 11-time Olympic medalist, failed for the second time to seal a spot in an individual event after finishing fourth overall (1:46.62) in Tuesday’s 200-meter freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska, but that finish put him on the 4×200 relay team for Team USA.

Ryan Lochte

Lochte, who is swimming with a nagging groin injury, was previously shut out of the 400 individual medley on Sunday.

“I’m just happy that I’m going to Rio,” Lochte said. “You can never go in knowing that you’re going to make the team, just because the U.S. is one of the hardest countries to make the Olympic team.”

Lochte Beats Michael Phelps in the 200 IM at the U.S. National Championships

Ryan Lochte is one step closer to finding his Olympic form…

The 30-year-old half-Cuban American swimmer, an 11-time Olympic medalist, beat his rival Michael Phelps to win the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. national championships Sunday night, leaving Phelps winless in four races at his biggest meet since coming out of retirement.

Ryan Lochte

But Lochte and Phelps weren’t in their usual lanes at the center of the pool, spots that go to the fastest qualifiers.

Lochte was in Lane 2, and Phelps was in Lane 6. They couldn’t see each other, either, with Phelps breathing toward the stands and Lochte the other way.

Still, the race came down to the two old rivals, with Phelps chasing Lochte for a change.

Lochte, the world champion, led all the way and touched in 1 minute, 56.50 seconds.

He’s coming off major knee surgery and had a setback at a meet in April, all of which limited his time in the water.

“This year has been up and down, but I’m glad I got a win knowing that I really haven’t done the work I wanted to,” he said. “I always relied on my training, but this year I haven’t done that training, so my confidence was low.”

Lochte’s time was the second fastest in the world this year; Phelps’ was third quickest.

“If you go out in that race, it’s pretty painful in the end,” Phelps said.

It was Lochte’s first victory of the five-day meet after finishing second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 backstroke.

“I guess we can say this is kind of our off year,” Lochte said of him and Phelps. “Well, I can say that.”

Lochte Outlasts Michael Phelps in the 100-Meter Butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix

Michael Phelps may be making a comeback… But, Ryan Lochte is the King of the Pool in the 100-meter butterfly.

The 29-year-old half-Cuban swimmer and 11-time Olympic medalist beat Phelps in the event final at the Arena Grand Prix on Thursday night.

Ryan Lochte & Michael Phelps

Lochte touched first in 51.93 seconds, second-fastest in the world this year. Phelps took second in 52.13 in his first meet since retiring after the 2012 London Games.

“I swam a final again,” a smiling Phelps said. “I said I wanted to be around 52.0 and I would be completely happy with that.”

Phelps is the three-time Olympic champion and current world record-holder in the event. His time tied for fourth-fastest in the world.

“It’s one meet; it’s one race,” Phelps said. “It’s a long way whether I decide to continue or not. This was awesome. I’m really excited about how things went. I do know what I need to do if I want to continue and swim faster.”

Olympian Jason Dunford of Kenya finished third in 53.08.

Swimming before a sellout crowd and lots of cameras, Lochte led at the turn and Phelps was second.

“Down there at the turn I kind of peeked over and I saw him and almost started smiling,” Lochte said about his longtime friend and rival.

Phelps interjected, “Why? Because you were ahead?”

“I probably wouldn’t have gone that time if Phelps wasn’t in that pool with me. We push each other all the time,” said Lochte, whose rivalry and friendship with Phelps dates to 2004.

Lochte is trying to regain his own form after missing five months with a knee injury. He changed coaches and relocated from Florida to Charlotte, N.C., after the London Games.

Coach Bob Bowman said Phelps was better technically in the morning than at night.

“He missed a whole stroke on the turn,” Bowman said. “My expectations were he would come and maybe enjoy it and not be terrible, so all those were met. That’s a really good time to start with.”

Lovato Raises Her Teen Choice Award Nomination Count to Six

It appears Demi Lovato is the choice-en one…

The 20-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress and The X Factor judge has pulled ahead of the competition, including her one-time bestie Selena Gomez, with the most Teen Choice Award nominations this year.

Demi Lovato

Lovato, who was tied with Gomez after the first set of nominations were announced in late May, earned three more nods to bring her grand total to six TCA nominations.

Lovato is nominated for Choice TV Personality – Female
 for her work as a beloved The X Factor judge this season, as well as Choice Single: Female Artist
 for her hit single “Heart Attack” and Choice Style Icon.

Meanwhile Bruno Mars’ additional three nods this round bring the part-Puerto Rican singer’s total to five, while Selena Gomez’s additional two awards bring her total to five as well.

Other nominees include Once Upon A Time’s Lana Parrilla, Olympic swimming star Ryan Lochte and Glee’s Lea Michele and Blake Jenner and Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez.

The Teen Choice Awards air from 8 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, on Fox.

Fans of an appropriate age can vote once per category each day at the TCA’s website.

This year’s Teen Choice Awards ceremony will be broadcast live Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 pm ET on Fox.

Here’s a look at the categories with Latino nominees:

 

MOVIES

 

Choice Movie Villain
Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”
Adam DeVine, “Pitch Perfect”
Tom Hardy, “The Dark Knight Rises”
Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3”
Melissa McCarthy, “Identity Thief”

 

TELEVISION

 

Choice TV Villain
Carly Chaikin, “Suburgatory”
Joseph Morgan, “The Vampire Diaries”
Lana Parrilla, “Once Upon a Time”
Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars”
Becca Tobin, “Glee”
 


 

Choice TV Personality – Female
Erin Andrews, Fox Sports
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Carrie Ann Inaba, “Dancing With The Stars”
Heidi Klum, “America’s Got Talent”
Demi Lovato, “The X Factor”

 

Choice TV Male Reality Star  
Kevin Jonas, “Married to Jonas”
Ryan Lochte, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?”


Gordon Ramsay, “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Masterchef”
The Robertsons, “Duck Dynasty”
The Wanted, “The Wanted Life”

 

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Steven R. McQueen, “The Vampire Diaries”
Tahj Mowry, “Baby Daddy”
Chord Overstreet, “Glee”
Rico Rodriguez, “Modern Family”

 

Choice TV Breakout Star
Stephen Amell, “Arrow”
Melissa Benoist, “Glee”
Blake Jenner, “Glee”
AnnaSophia Robb, “The Carrie Diaries”
Derek Theler, “Baby Daddy”

 

MUSIC

 

Choice Single: Female Artist
“Come & Get It,” Selena Gomez
“Cups (Pitch Perfect’s  ‘When I’m Gone’),” Anna Kendrick
“Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato
“I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
“We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus

Choice Single: Male Artist
“Beauty And A Beat,” Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I + Pharrell
“Feel This Moment,” Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
“Locked Out Of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
“Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“#Beautiful,” Mariah Carey
 featuring Miguel
“Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
“Diamonds,” Rihanna
“Next To Me,” Emeli Sandé
“Started From The Bottom,” Drake

Choice Love Song
“Just Give Me A Reason,” P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
“Little Things,” One Direction
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake
“Treasure,” Bruno Mars
“The Way,” Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller 

Choice Break-Up Song
“Come and Get It,” Selena Gomez
“DONE.,” The Band Perry
“Stay,” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars
 


OTHER

Choice Style Icon
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Lea Michele
Emma Watson

Lochte Wants to Become the Next Kim Kardashian…

Ryan Lochte is ready to become the next Kim Kardashian

The 28-year-old competitive swimmer, an eleven-time Olympic medalist, is preparing to launch his new reality television show What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, which premiere on E! later this month.

Ryan Lochte

Last week, Lochte told the Hollywood Reporter that he decided to go the reality TV route to become the next Kim Kardashian.

“I have the most respect for her with her business and what she’s done. She started from nothing and now look at her. You can ask anyone and they’re going to know who she is. She’s handled herself really well throughout the years of doing her own show. She’s a star,” said Ryan. “That’s what I want to do.”

Lochte hopes his new reality show will bring him a new status.

“I’ve seen what E! has done in the past with reality shows like hers. Today, she’s huge,” he said, adding that his current profession has its benefits.

“Not to have a big head about it, but people love me. When I walk down the street, people recognize me, and that never happened before. Now’s my chance. Anything I do, I do 110 percent. I don’t half-ass it,” said Ryan.

To prepare himself for his new show, Lochte watched Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. “The whole Kardashian family, they have a bunch of energy. Wow, this was awesome. That’s how my family is. We all have a bunch of energy and we are all different,” he commented on the family.

Now that filming of his new show has finished, Lochte is now back in Gainesville, Florida to get ready for the world championships in Barcelona this July.

“I’m back in my normal routine, getting my butt whipped all the time,” he said.

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? premieres on E! on April 21.