Watch: Ryan Lochte’s grandmother stars in local Olympic procession

Tuesday August 9th, 2016

Ryan Lochte’s 95-year-old grandmother was not able to join her family in Brazil to cheer on the swimming star in his fourth Olympics, but that doesn’t mean she is not getting with the spirit of the global games.

The nonagenarian had the honor of carrying a homemade “Olympic torch” in an opening ceremony of sorts, and Lochte shared the clip on his Twitter account.

Lochte already has 11 Olympic medals, including five gold, and hopes to add to that haul over the coming week, competing in the 4x200m freestyle relay and the 200m individual medley.

The 32-year-old swimmer is part of an American team that has won 14 medals in Rio so far, and looks to keep racking up visits to the podium as the events progress.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.