Lochte’s Olympics: One Gold and One Big Lie

Ryan Lochte entered the Rio Olympics as one of America’s most decorated Olympic swimmers, having won 11 medals, six gold, over three Olympic Games. By the end of the Games, he was America’s most talked-about swimmer — but for all the wrong reasons.

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United States' Ryan Lochte after winning a heat of the men's 200-meter individual medley during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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In this Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 frame from surveillance video released by Brazil Police, swimmer Ryan Lochte, second from right, and teammates, appear at a gas station during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A top Brazil police official said the swimmers damaged property at the gas station.
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(L-R) Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer celebrate after they won the Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 9, 2016.
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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte look on before the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Ryan Lochte prepares in the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 11, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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In this Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, frame from surveillance video released by Brazil Police, swimmers from the United States Olympic team appear with Ryan Lochte (center) at a gas station during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lochte apologized on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, for his behavior surrounding the incident at the gas station, but did not admit to fabricating his account of events.
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Ryan Lochte attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on Aug. 12, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Ryan Lochte competes in the heats of the men's 200m IM on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 10, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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An exhausted Michael Phelps leans on Ryan Lochte as the United States team including Conor Dwyer and Townley Hass, wait to receive their gold medals for winning the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay final during the swimming competition at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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(L-R) Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Conor Dwyer and Townley Haas pose with their gold medal after they won the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 9, 2016.
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Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Francis Haas, Conor Dwyer of Team USA celebrate winning the gold medal during the medal ceremony of the men's 200m freestyle relay on day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer of the United States celebrate winning gold in the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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In this Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 frame from surveillance video released by Brazil Police, swimmers from the United States Olympic team appear with Ryan Lochte, right, at a gas station during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On Aug. 19, 2016, Lochte reiterated his claim that a stranger held him at gun point and demanded money to let him leave. But Brazilian police said he and three other swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom and were confronted by armed security guards.
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Gold medalist Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte look on following the men's 200m individual medley final on day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 11, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Ryan Lochte holds a press conference on Aug. 3, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, two days ahead of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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