Michael Phelps tops rival, takes 2nd

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Phelps easily beat Ryan Lochte in their last race before the U.S. Olympic trials. Don’t read too much into the results. Heck, Phelps didn’t win, either. Ricky Berens beat them both to the wall in the 200-meter freestyle at the Charlotte Grand Prix on Friday night, touching in a relatively slow […]

Lochte figures it’s his time to rule pool

While Michael Phelps’ farewell tour will garner a number of headlines from the Charlotte UltraSwim meet, it could be that his primary American competitor steals the show. Since the 2008 Olympics, Ryan Lochte has beaten Phelps in some key international events. And Lochte believes that the 2012 Olympics will be his time to shine. “I […]

Charlotte swimmer sets sights on more Olympic gold

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s hard to take your eyes off Ricky Berens. The Charlotte native with a movie star smile, won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, has a sponsorship with BMW, and a fan club of swimmers who lined up at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Wednesday night for his autograph. Berens, along with […]

With 78 days till London, Phelps-Lochte rivalry is just heating up

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Phelps was putting in practice laps. Bob Bowman was standing on the pool deck, an arm’s length from the water, directing the show. In strolled Ryan Lochte, an illustration of style. Sparkling silver necklace. Straight-out-of-the-box white shoes. And, in one of his signature fashion twists, a black backpack decorated like a […]

Has ultimate Olympian Michael Phelps met his match?

Michael Phelps is currently sleeping in a special pod that simulates an altitude of 8,000ft. That either means his grasp of geography matches the national stereotype or the most successful athlete in Olympic history is targeting another multi-garlanded Games come London and all its 49ft of altitude. Phelps is the most successful athlete in Olympic […]

USA Swimmer Ryan Lochte

USA Swimmer Ryan Lochte, one of Ralph Lauren’s 2012 ambassadors, flaunts his model credentials outside of the pool. Photographs by Christian Witkin. Fashion by Daniela Agnelli.

‘Brady Brunch’ halts Ryan Lochte’s run on ‘Millionaire’

Daytona Beach’s Ryan Lochte and fellow Olympic swimmer Dara Torres decided to rely on the audience in playing “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Bad move. Most of the audience was incorrect when the topic was “The Brady Bunch.” Here’s the question, the fifth the swimmers faced: “If the opening credits of ‘The Brady Bunch’ […]