In these 19 Ryan Lochte quotes we get a full dose of the laid-back, surfer-boy attitude. But what also gleams below the surface is a fiery competitor who loves to train, and does so even while fully embracing the slacker-party boy persona. Love him or hate him, Lochte has achieved at the pinnacle of our sport, and at the end of the day his medals, world records and Olympic titles will ultimately do the talking.
With Lochte training with David Marsh at SwimMAC for the next Olympic cycle we can fairly estimate that Lochte will be the source of many more of his light-hearted and sometimes motivational quotes.
But for now, here are 19 pearls of wisdom, some of them motivational swimming quotes, others not, from Lochte himself–
Pick and choose your battles.
It’s hard to express yourself as a swimmer. You’re pretty much staring at a black line for hours on end.
I hate to lose. I like winning.
The big picture is Olympic Trials and the Olympics. I just have to keep focused on that and keep moving forward.
Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president. He pulls off that top hat pretty well.
I just go with the flow. Whatever happens, happens.
I love working out. I’ve been doing it every day for about 20 years.
I have a lot of endurance and I have a good background right now in my training and it’s time to get ready.
I surround myself with people understand and love me. I think that’s the best thing I can do.
I hope for the best in every situation and want to see the good in people.
I wasn’t happy with the way the 2008 Olympics turned out. I wanted to change some things.
I am very competitive. I remember being 4 years old trying to out-chug my dad in a milk-chugging contest. It’s in my blood.
I’m going to keep living my life the way I’ve been living my life, and nothing is going to change that even if the Olympics are coming up.
I’m always living life to the fullest.
Go big or go home.
My philosophy is if you’re a man at night, you gotta be a man in the morning.
I try not to read the negative comments. When I do, I let them roll off my back. I remind myself that there will always be haters as long as you are in the public eye.
No matter what I’m doing, I’m training. It’s just something that I love to do.
Have fun, because that is what life is all about.