PORT ORANGE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte once trained in a pool at the YMCA in Port Orange. Today Fox35 talked to his father about his career as well as the robbery in Rio.
"He says he's fine. Obviously it was a traumatic experience." Steve Lochte believes his son Ryan was targeted in Rio.
Investigators say thieves pretending to be police, pulled over a taxi, then robbed Ryan and two other swimmers inside the cab."Having a gun put to your head and being robbed like that it's a very traumatic experience to the individual but he's fine. He's ok."
Steve is relieved his son and the others escaped injury. "To have what was done to Ryan, it's sad that we live in today's world like that. I'm just very happy that he's safe and the other athletes are safe and nobody was hurt. He gives back the to the sport and gives back to his fans so much we're all just happy that nothing happened beyond the wallets and the money being stolen."
Steve hopes his son follows his lead when it comes to safety. "My advice to him from now on is to take the security, the U.S. security that could be available to him if you're going to go outside, in a situation like Rio.
He's my son and he means everything to me."
Steve, who's been a swim coach for over 40 years, says he's extremely proud of Ryan. "Being the 2nd all time swimmer in the world with the amount of medals he has generated, it's pretty proud."
But Steve says his son plans to take a quick break out of the water. "After the break he's going to get back in the water and re-adjust his goals and look at 2020."
Steve says Ryan will most likely be back in the area next week. Ryan will also take part in a charity swim match on September 28th at the Ormond Beach YMCA.