Ryan Lochte describes moment he was held at gunpoint in Rio

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The 2016 Olympics have already produced their fair share of brilliant, jaw-dropping and exhilarating moments.

The only snags and stumbling blocks have been as a consequence of the location of the games- Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s most famous city has seen crime; terror scares and controversy ebb away at the sporting spirit.

One such concerning moment has involved US swimmer Ryan Lochte who was embroiled in a frightening gunpoint mugging. The 32-year-old has described the incident, in detail, since its conclusion.


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There can be little doubting that Lochte is a high-profile target. Only the greatest ever Olympian, Michael Phelps, can claim to wield greater fame in American swimming.

Whether it be his 12 Olympic medals or his pool-provoked colour changing hair, Lochte is certainly well known and highly regarded.

Consequently, it came as a prominent shock when the US hero was involved in the self-proclaimed ‘terrifying’ incident.

The New York state-born swimmer told NBC: "I was with a couple swimmers, we got pulled over in our taxi and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge. No lights, no nothing, just a police badge.

"They pulled us over. They pulled out their guns. They told the other swimmers to get down on the ground, they got down on the ground. I refused. I was like 'We didn't do anything wrong so I'm not getting down on the ground.'

"He said 'get down'. I put my hands up. I was like "whatever". He took our money, he took my wallet."


With the assailant having produced a firearm and reached an Olympian with relative ease, it has provoked prominent concerns.

Nonetheless, the USOC were keen to reassure those concerned and released the following statement: "All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities."

In addition, Lochte’s mother has given her story and revealed that her son called her immediately afterwards. US teammates are now believed to be caring for the 32-year-old after the ordeal.

With the swimming programme now concluded and Lochte unlikely to be tackling Tokyo 2020, it’s a sickening end to the American’s Olympic career.

Above all though, it’s the latest indication that Rio may not have been the right choice for host. Besides, this is a city that has experienced 2,000 murders already this year. Worrying stuff.

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