American world record holder and multi-Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is set to compete for the first time since a knee injury had him sidelined since the beginning of November.
The swimmer and reality television star was dealt a sprained ACL and a torn MCL when a teenaged fan ran up to him and jumped on him. Lochte caught her, but as the two toppled to the ground he would smash his knee on the ground, while the girl would walk away uninjured.
The Orlando stop on the Grand Prix tour will also be attended by SwimMAC teammate and best friend Cullen Jones, Jimmy Feigen and Megan Romano, among others.
Lochte, who for a long time trained under Gregg Troy at the University of Florida, recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to swim with the pro SwimMAC team that is headed by legendary coach David Marsh.
With his legendary workload Lochte has never performed all that well in-season, so it will be difficult to say how thorough his recovery has been at this point in the year. His publicist released a press release shortly after the freak injury explaining that Lochte was expected to make a full and complete recovery.
ABOUT THE ORLANDO GRAND PRIX
The third stop on the Grand Prix circuit (of 6), the meet takes place February 13-15 at the YMCA Aquatic Centre in Orlando, Florida. Over 500 swimmers are expected to take part in the competition, including 20+ members of the US National Team.