Olympian Ryan Lochte had planned to participate in a full slate of events at last month's Arena Grand Prix in Orlando despite still recovering from a knee injury, but his body had other plans. The swimmer told The Daytona Beach News-Journal, a local Florida newspaper, that he had to withdraw from the competition because he was still dealing with significant pain.
Lochte told the source that looking back, he should have probably followed his doctor's orders and avoided putting too much stress on his body.
The 11-time Olympic medalist injured his knee in November during an incident with a fan. While walking down a Jacksonville, Florida, sidewalk, an overzealous fan jumped into Lochte's arms without any warning. The swimmer fell and tore several ligaments in his knee. Physicians told him that it would take around five months before his knee would be at 100 percent.
For now, Lochte says that he will take it easy.
"Certain things I still can't do, but I'm working at it," Lochte told the publication. "I don't like losing and I don't like not being at swim meets, so hopefully I'll get back into it. Right now, it's getting stronger. I'm still doing rehab. I'm doing rehab everyday. And I still can't do the breaststroke. I'm hoping it gets a lot stronger."
It's unclear how much Lochte will adhere to his doctor's directions. In the interview, the swimmer also said that he would again be donning his competition swimwear and participating in the next Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona, in late April.