He’s raced some of the best swimmers in the world — but dashing down an inflatable children’s water slide may have been too much for Ryan Lochte.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist’s wife Kayla Lochte revealed on her Instagram story Friday that 37-year-old Ryan underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus near their home in Gainesville, Fla.
“So Ryan’s at surgery,” Kayla told her followers in the waiting room video. “I don’t know if I told you guys how he tore his meniscus, so he’s getting that fixed this morning.”
She later shared an Instagram photo of her husband in a hospital bed with the caption, “@ryanlochte A legend of lessons … don’t race down an inflatable kids water slide folks!”
Ryan Lochte posted a similar picture to his Instagram story with the caption: “Surgery was a success!”
The Rochester-born Lochte represented the US at four Summer Olympics between 2004 and 2016, winning 12 medals. The only American to win more Olympic medals was Michael Phelps, who won 28 over the same four Summer Games.
Lochte won his sixth Olympic gold in the 4 X 200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, but his Brazil stay ended in scandal when he and three of his teammates were found to have vandalized a gas station bathroom after they lied about being held up in a robbery. The escapade earned him a 10-month suspension from USA Swimming and the US Olympic Committee and a criminal charge of making a false robbery report, which was later dismissed by a Brazilian court.
In July 2018, Lochte was suspended by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a “prohibited intravenous infusion”. He made a triumphant return the following year, winning the 200-meter individual medley (IM) at the US Championships.
Lochte competed in the 200-meter IM at the US Olympic Trials in Omaha this June, but failed to qualify for the Tokyo Games after finishing seventh in the final. He told reporters after the race he was not yet done with competitive swimming, saying he would only quit “when I stop having fun.”
“I’m still having fun,” he said. “I’m finding different ways making swimming fun again. I still want to race.”