Ryan Lochte tears MCL after run-in with enthusiastic teenage girl

Tuesday November 5th, 2013

Ryan Lochte has won five Olympic gold medals in his career. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images) Ryan Lochte won two gold medals at last summer's London Olympics. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will miss time in the pool as he recovers from a torn MCL and sprained ACL he suffered during a run-in with a fan.

Rachel Axon of USA Today reports that Lochte suffered the knee injury when a teenage girl jumped on him and the Olympian lost his balance and fell to the ground. A representative for Lochte said he is is expected to come back at full strength:

"As a result of a freak injury caused by an unexpected fan encounter Ryan has suffered a torn MCL and an ACL sprain and will be taking a break from training and competition," said Janice Lee, his representative.

"His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes."

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Lochte was a breakout star at the 2012 London Olympics, winning two gold, two silver, and a bronze medal. The girl who jumped on Lochte was uninjured in the incident.

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