Ryan Lochte: The Real Story?


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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – DECEMBER 14: Ryan Lochte of USA poses with his Gold medal on the podium after winning the Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final during day three of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 14, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Emma Coons, Writer

Over the past two weeks the story of Ryan Locte’s gas station robbery-turned-vandalism-turned-international scandal has blown up all over the world with everyone you know having an opinion. The first story that came out was that Locte and other USA teammates were robbed at gunpoint by Brazilian police (with some news outlets saying they were not real police) while out celebrating their winnings. Soon enough stories started coming out saying that Ryan Locte had lied and that he and two Brazilian 18 year old swimmers had vandalized a gas station bathroom and the storekeeper was demanding the money for the vandalized areas only. Now USA Today has gathered evidence and tells the true story.

USA Today claims, “Seven days after an incident that will in part define the Rio Olympics, details are becoming clearer about what happened during a gas station encounter between four U.S. swimmers and security guards, and not everyone has concluded Ryan Lochte and his teammates are entirely in the wrong or that the account offered by Rio authorities is entirely accurate.” USA Today sent news correspondents down to Rio after the incident that made this conclusion. After much scouring over eyewitness’ statements, surveillance footage, official investigations, and many news outlets’ reports, their conclusion came to be that Ryan Locte’s revised story that he was robbed at gunpoint in a gas station in Rio after the restrooms were unsuitable to be used is 100% accurate.

Since this report has been released not only has Locte been relieved much international hatred, but also after having been taken off the Dancing With The Stars Season 23 roster, he is now back on the cast dancing with Cheryl Burke premiering Monday, September 12. Locte has certainly caused the biggest stir during this summer Olympics, and as this story unfolds it continues to be headline international news.­