Ryan Lochte Injured in Crazy Fan Encounter — Will He Be Able to Compete Again?
While Ryan Lochte’s career as a reality star ended pretty abruptly with E’s cancelation of the short-lived What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, his fans still get pretty excited when they see him. So excited, in fact, that according to USA Today, one of them got a little carried away when she saw the Olympic swimmer and caused a very real injury.
On Sunday, the 29-year-old gold medalist was in Florida when one of his teenage fans spotted him and did the only logical thing a star struck teenager would do in that situation — come barreling toward him at full speed, of course.
And when the girl finally made contact, Ryan’s quick thinking protected her as they toppled over, leaving his fan unharmed. But Ryan? Not so much.
“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,” his rep said.
The good news? Ryan’s expected to make a full recovery, and Ryan “thanks everyone for their well wishes.”
Actually, now that we think of it, we’re kind of shocked that the members of One Direction haven’t been seriously injured in their fan encounters. Boys, have you considered purchasing knee pads and helmets?
Sexy douchebag or not, we hope Ryan feels better soon!