Fishy Swim Team Story Dulls U.S. Olympic Medal VIctory
Last updated 8/23/2016 at Noon
For The Record
The Olympic Games are over for another four years with the United States doing what it does best—win the most gold, silver ad bronze medals—racking up a total of 121 medals during the two weeks of competition of nearly every athletic event in the books.
However, the pride of being better than every other country in the world was tarnished somewhat by the stupid antics of four members of the U.S. Swim Team, who last week partied too heartily and allegedly vandalized a service station restroom on their way back to the Olympic living quarters during the wee hours of the night.
When the Fearsome Foursome was questioned by security after viewing the television monitor of the incident, Ryan Lochte concocted a story about being robbed at gunpoint with the three other swimmers.
But the TV monitor told another story of the swimmers starting an altercation that caused damage in the restroom. The story spread quickly about the alleged robbery causing panic among the Rio visitors and an international incident, according to an article that appeared in Friday’s edition of The Houston Chronicle.
“Lochte, 32, is a four-time Olympian. What motivated him to make up such a story is beyond imagination,” the article pointed out. “The story started with his mother telling reporters that Lochte had told her he had been robbed.”
The story sounded fishy from the start when Lochte said he refused to get down on the ground when he had a gun pulled on him. Even James Bond would have complied to that command. And the “robbers” didn’t take anyone’s cell phone. Most robbery victims in Brazil find their phone is the primary target.
Somehow Lochte, who the San Antonio Express-News described as a gifted athlete hiding in the body of a flake, left the country shortly after making the accusation.
The other three wanted to leave some cash to pay for the vandalism and vanish from the scene unscathed. They wanted to get back to their living quarters because they didn’t want anyone to know what happened and they were with two women that weren’t girlfriends of any of them.
When the three swimmers returned to the Olympic Village, they appeared to still be in possession of their wallets and watches that they had reported stolen.
There’s no telling what Jack Conger, 21, Gunnar Bentz, 20 or James Feigen, 26 said to the authorities. Conger swims at the University of Texas and Feigen is a former Longhorn.
“The robbery fable deeply hurt the Brazilians, who were eager to prove they could get street crime under control and host a safe Olympics,” the Chronicle added. “And it overshadowed the efforts of the U.S. Olympians who have dominated the medal count. Swimmers alone piled up 16 golds and 33 total medals at the games.
The article also questions the future of Lochte who wants to return to compete in the 2020 Olympics. He really is a strange quacker who loves the limelight and dyed his hair white for Rio, not realizing the pool’s chlorine would turn his hair color a putrid green.
Lochte still is facing the possibility of legal charges in Brazil and sanctions from USA Swimming and the International Olympic Committee.
And sponsors are really feeling nervous about Lochte’s weird antics. More than $1 million in endorsements including Speedo USA, Gentle Hair Removal, Airweave Mattress Company and Ralph Lauren have canceled their deals.
Despite the embarrassment by the U.S. Swim Team and the barely finished, rough-around-the-edges structures and functions, the 2016 Rio Olympics have to been evaluated as a success, even though almost everyone agrees that awarding the Olympics to Rio probably wasn’t a great idea.
And Ryan Lochte’s legacy read: “The most embarrassing Olympic athlete in history!!!”
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