Report: Lochte tore MCL catching fan
(SportsNetwork.com) - Five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte was injured during a fan encounter over the weekend, according to a report.
Lochte suffered a torn MCL and sprained ACL in his left knee Sunday in Florida after catching a fan who ran at him and hitting his knee on the curb when the two fell to the ground, USA Today reported Tuesday.
The fan, a teenage girl, wasn't hurt, according to the report.
Lochte's publicist called the incident "a freak accident" and said the swimmer "will be taking a break from training and competition."
"His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes," the publicist said in a statement.
Lochte won five medals at last year's London Olympics, including two golds. He has 11 total medals from three Summer Games -- five gold, three silver and three bronze.
In London, he made a splash by winning the 400-meter individual medley on the opening night of swimming in a much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps, who finished fourth. Phelps later beat Lochte in the 200 IM.
11/05 20:31:18 ET