Lochte Injured by Overexcited Fan
Swimming champ out with another 'freak injury'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2013 2:32 AM CST
Ryan Lochte of the United States looks down as he leaves the pool after finishing the Men's 100m butterfly final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain in August this year.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

(Newser) – Swimming champ Ryan Lochte will be out of the pool for a while because of a hazard on land—an overexcited fan. When a teenage girl ran at the swimmer in Florida over the weekend, he caught her and he hit his knee on the curb when they both toppled over. The five-time Olympic gold medalist is expected to make a "full and speedy recovery," his publicist says.

"As a result of a freak injury caused by an unexpected fan encounter, Ryan has suffered a torn MCL and an ACL sprain and will be taking a break from training and competition," the publicist said in a statement. But this isn't the first or even the strangest injury to interrupt Lochte's swimming: In recent years, he has also suffered injuries from breakdancing, dog-walking, skateboarding, and even falling out of a tree, USA Today finds.

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John Doe
Nov 10, 2013 7:26 PM CST
goes by the nickname "lucky"?
GymJunkie43
Nov 7, 2013 6:19 AM CST
Well now Ryan sees why most pro-athletes prefer to sign autographs in an controlled environment.
Cromulent
Nov 6, 2013 10:24 PM CST
The average IQ on the US swim team just took a big jump up.