The Odd Olympics of Ryan Lochte

July 31, 2012 12:00 AM

The Odd Olympics of Ryan Lochte

" Ryan Lochte is challenging our concept of an Olympic narrative.

We're used to unlikely heroes, champions triumphing after earlier failures, heartbreaking disappointments, ascending greatness, outright flops and total dominance. They create talking points for those of us watching the Games and make it easy to tie everything up in a little bow when our attention shifts back to the non-Olympic world.

Lochte's 2012 Summer Olympic experience is going to need a bigger bow. Lochte has already checked a few of the boxes from the above paragraph and there's several more trips into the pool for him to continue writing his story of the Games.

On Saturday, it looked like Lochte's story was going to be a variation on ascending greatness. He beat Michael Phelps and the rest of the 400 meter individual medley field by a wide margin, confirming the hype bestowed upon him in the months leading up to London and setting himself up to be the swimming star of the summer "

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