They're not the only ones in for a big day of swimming Saturday. The American women kick off with the 4x100 relay in what should be the first of many skirmishes between the United States and Australia. woman attempting to swim seven events in a single Games. It also is expected to be the only race for Cal great Natalie Coughlin, an 11 time medal winner.
"For someone who wants to promote the sport of swimming, there is not a better way than for him to swim that race," coach Bob Bowman said of Phelps. "It will be a coach's dream and I think a spectator's dream."
"Me and him, we've created a great rivalry but also a great friendship after the race," Lochte said. "I hope it continues that way."
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The Brits love a tasty rivalry and American swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte Under Armour Shoes With Price are willing participants on the first day of competition at the London Games with the grueling 400 meter individual medley.
Their personalities could not be more different. Phelps has been in the spotlight for so long he has an aura of professionalism.
With 16 medals 14 gold Phelps has transcended his sport into the stratosphere of celebrity. He needs three more medals to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.
The Florida swimmer is receiving attention for his unorthodox training methods, including flipping tires.
Lochte is a six time Olympic medalist who proclaimed, "I'm here to win. Olympic trials last month in Omaha, Neb. So consider Saturday's contest Round 2.
It's a match race pitting the world's two finest swimmers in a four stroke event known as swimming's decathlon.
But really when Phelps and his 80 inch wingspan hit the water everything else is left in his considerable wake.
Despite the hoopla, they only will meet in the two individual medley races. Phelps also plans to swim in the 100 and 200 butterfly, plus all three relays. Lochte is entered in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke, plus the relays.
for the Rio de Janeiro Games.
"I go into each swim meet as a normal swim meet, it just has a different name," Lochte said. "It's like when I was 11, shooting hoops before I go to swim. Back home, people are talking about me and Michael and it's just talk. But I guess we'll see what happens in a couple of days."
"And we also pull big chains," he told a large group of reporters. "It's made me bigger and stronger, and as my times show it has made me faster."
In other words they should be teammates pulling for each other more often than chlorinated competitors.
Truth be told, Phelps and Lochte are friends. Lochte never has been jealous of Phelps' fame although it has cast a giant shadow over his incredible career.
Phelps, on the other hand, said he has no intention of throwing tires this or any year.
Lochte answered questions with his usual casualness, saying he feels no different in London than he did in Beijing.
"Michael is just one person," said Lochte, a versatile Florida swimmer. "There are other swimmers from around the world that I need to worry about. If Michael's right there, then he's right there but I can't rely on Michael being there."
They're calling it the "duel in the pool" although Phelps and Lochte did their best to downplay the hyperbole just ahead of the 400 meter individual medley.
Lochte knows it better than anyone. He won three gold medals, two silver and a bronze in Beijing but hardly anyone remembers that compared to Phelps' great haul of China eight victories.
Still, Phelps defeated Lochte three of the four times they raced head to head in Omaha.
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To which Phelps quipped, "Maybe not a swimmer's dream."
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins pedals with his strong British teammates in the men's road race Saturday, but the Aquatics Centre is the place to be. The eight day swimming competition is traditionally America's chance to rack up some precious medal.
Who could blame him? Lochte has the comportment of a laid back surfer, which is something he likes to do in his spare time.
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