Swimming Legend Ryan Lochte Has Won 12 Olympic Medals but Is Saying Goodbye to Half of Them
Ryan Lochte is one of the greatest swimmers to ever put on goggles at the Olympics. He won 12 medals across four different Olympic games, which is tied for the second-most in swimming history, only behind Michael Phelps’ 28.
However, Lochte is now parting ways with half of them.
Yes, really. He’s giving away six Olympic medals.
But Lochte isn’t doing this because he doesn’t care about them or his accomplishments; the 37-year-old is auctioning off the awards for a good cause.
Ryan Lochte is auctioning off six Olympic medals
Ryan Lochte was one of the top swimmers in the world for over a decade. Here’s a list of all the Olympic medals he has won throughout his career.
|Athens 2004||Gold||4x200m Freestyle Relay|
|Athens 2004||Silver||200m Individual Medley|
|Beijing 2008||Gold||200m Backstroke|
|Beijing 2008||Gold||4x200m Freestyle Relay|
|Beijing 2008||Bronze||200m Individual Medley|
|Beijing 2008||Bronze||400m Individual Medley|
|London 2012||Gold||400m Individual medley|
|London 2012||Gold||4x200m Freestyle Relay|
|London 2012||Silver||4x100m Freestyle Relay|
|London 2012||Silver||200m Individual Medley|
|London 2012||Bronze||200m Backstroke|
|Rio 2016||Gold||4x200m Freestyle Relay|
Lochte — who has not called it quits just yet despite not swimming at the Tokyo Olympics — is now giving away six of those medals. He’s putting them up for auction and giving the proceeds to charity.
“I don’t want people to think I didn’t care about the medals,” Lochte said to NBC Sports. “I cherish them, but they’re just sitting in my closet collecting dust.”
The medals up for bidding are three silvers from the 2004 and 2012 Olympics and three bronze medals from the 2008 and 2012 games. He will then give the money to the Jorge Nation Foundation, which sends children with severe or terminal illnesses on trips to destinations of their choice.
“I feel amazing about [the auction] just because I’m going to be helping kids out,” Lochte added.
Winning an Olympic medal is a rare opportunity for athletes. Now, Ryan Lochte is using those awards to give kids memories they will never forget.
Stats courtesy of Olympics.com