Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ryan Lochte's Olympic Feat

All the news has been about Michael Phelps. Don't get me wrong. His accomplishments certainly should be applauded.

But all that has overshadowed what Ryan Lochte did which was win two Olympic medals with less than 30 minutes between races.

Lochte, the world record holder in the 200 backstroke, won Gold with a last surge in the final 30 meters, taking 1/2 second off his world record.

Then, less than 1/2 hour later (actually less than 27 minutes between race start times), Lochte got back into the pool to win Bronze in the 200 meter medley.

An incredible accomplishment. At most Olympics, this amazing feat would have been cause for worldwide acknowledgement. Unfortunately, not these Olympics.

Oh...why write about this in my travel blog....Ryan Lochte is a former resident of upstate New York and those of us here kind of consider him our 'home town Olympian'. And this was the best way I could congratulate him.

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