Ryan Lochte Suspended & Sad! IV Photo Scandal, 14 Months Competing Restriction

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Ryan Lochte Suspended & Sad! IV Photo Scandal, 14 Months Competing Restriction

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1984-08-03
  • Age 36 Years 1 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place Rochester, New York, United States
  • Profession Swimmer
  • Birth Name Ryan Steven Lochte
  • Nick Name Reezy, The Lochtenator
  • Zodiac Sign Leo
  • Ethnicity/Race Mixed
  • Father Steven R. Lochte
  • Mother Ileana Lochte
  • Brother/s Brandon Lochte, Devon Lochte
  • Sister/s Kristin Lochte, Megan Lochte
  • Son/s Caiden Zane Lochte
  • Daughter/s Liv Rae Lochte
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Wife/Spouse Kayla Rae Reid (m. 2018)
  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • Wedding Date January 9, 2018
  • Ex-Girlfriend K. Michelle (2012)
  • Gay No
  • Dating/Affair No
  • Net Worth $6 Million
  • Career 2004–present
  • High School Junior High School
  • College University of Florida
  • Height/ How Tall? 6'2" (1.88 m)
  • Weight 88 kg (194 lbs)
  • Feet (Shoe) Size 14 (US)
  • Hair Short
  • Hair Color Light Brown
  • Eye Color Blue

Another doping rule violation on the horizon!

A controversial figure, Ryan Lochte was suspended by USADA after he posted a photo on his Instagram in May 2018. 

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In the now-deleted IV photo (Intravenous therapy), the six-time Olympic gold-medalist could be seen injected with a yellow liquid, which he referred to as "vitamins."

Ryan injects himself with vitamins in May 2018 (Photo: Ryan Lochte's Instagram)

The picture attracted the immediate attention of US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) authorities which led to an investigation and the eventual ban of the swimmer for 14 months. 

USADA issued a statement mentioning that although the liquid was not a banned substance, it is prohibited to be consumed more than 100 ml during a 12-hour time period.

There are cases where athletes can exceed the said amount such as during the course of medical treatment, surgeries or clinical diagnosis. However, Ryan didn't have any ongoing medical procedures which caused him the suspension. The IV reportedly consisted of B12 and other similar vitamins which though are not illegal but could not be consumed more than the exceeding amount. 

The 33-year-old 200m world record holder revealed although he didn't take an illegal substance, he still had to obey the rules and accept his suspension. Further, he refused to give up and mentioned that he would continue to focus on his swimming career after the ban period gets over.

"I wasn't taking anything illegal. Everything was legal. You can get it at CVS, Walgreens, but there are rules, and you have to obey them… Don't worry. I'm not giving up. I'm going to keep going."

The suspension which will last till June 2019, will make Ryan ineligible to compete at the Pan Pacific Championships set to be held in Japan next month. Further, the New York-born will also miss the world championships to be held in South Korea in July 2019.

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In a June 2018 interview, Ryan mentioned that the ban was devastating news to his family, but he would use this period focussing on taking care of his son and practicing swimming harder than before.

Ryan previously got married to Kayla Rae Reid on 9 January 2018 and the pair has a baby boy named Caiden Zane Lochte from their union, born on 8 June 2017. The couple was engaged on 9 October 2016 and tied the knot after living nearly a year-and-half as fiancees.