Lochte vs. Phelps: Swimmer showdown heats up the Web
Ryan Lochte shows off his gold medal in the men's 400-meter individual medley and his "grill," dental braces bearing the U.S. flag.
July 29th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

Lochte vs. Phelps: Swimmer showdown heats up the Web

The Olympic competition is heating up, but it’s the rivalry between two American swimmers that’s burning up the Internet.

People couldn't stop talking when Ryan Lochte took home the gold Saturday in the 400-meter individual medley, while Michael Phelps, a 14-time gold medalist, came in fourth.

The speculation about the swimmers' relationship and comparisons between the two are pouring in. Are Phelps and Lochte fierce rivals? Tight teammates? Are Phelps’ glory days over? Will Lochte ever compare to Phelps? Could Lochte be your future husband?

Take a look at what CNN commenters and Twitter users had to say:

Competition among teammates

mitzie-GA:  "Michael Phelps didn't train for this event until the last minute. Too bad for him and good for Ryan Lochte. Glad to have a real competition among American swimmers. Makes it more fun to watch.

Sunny:  "Lochte wins and everyone is showing pictures of Phelps. Phooey."

sharky:  "If after the next six races, he still does badly, then fine, the rivalry is gone. This is one freaking race. Good grief."

Shilah:  "Given what Michael Phelps accomplished in Beijing 2008, it would be difficult in my view to repeat such a performance. Every athlete reaches a peak in his or her career before they wane. Michael Phelps has already indicated that this will be his last Olympics. Take nothing away from Ryan's performance. He deserves the spotlight. He has worked so hard and consistently over the years. However, for those who are quick to anoint Ryan Lochte as the next sensation, let us start the comparisons after he wins several gold medals in a single Olympics like Michael did in Beijing."

ChrisE: "The thing to remember here is that Lochte came into this event the reigning world champion. It's not totally unexpected that Phelps couldn't throw him out of his own house. I'm more interested in the events that are Phelps' best. The next meeting might not be a blowout."

Tight teammates?

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Phelps' glory days over?

GB :  "Phelps acted like a little spoiled brat after all the glory. Now he's getting a rude awakening that he's not invincible like he had thought. Hopefully, Lochte will be more sensible in leading his life as a new champion."

Andrew: "Phelps has nothing left to prove and that is why he isn't on top anymore. But who can blame him?"

Josally:  "M. Phelps is an arrogant punk (who) doesn't even want to celebrate with the rest of the Olympians from the U.S. Now how special does that make him? I love to see anybody make history, but in his case I think we've had enough of him. So I guess it's time for him to go back home an look at his medals."

boomer1959: "Phelps thought he could cruise to more gold without paying the price to be in prime condition. ..."

Or are they?

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No one stays on top forever

Leonore H. Dvorkin: "No one, no matter how good, stays on top forever. Phelps should be happy with what he has accomplished thus far and then try to be happy for those who will surely beat all his records some day. And remember: They're just sports, folks! No one should take any of them too seriously."

RetiredCop: "There is always a faster gun, and no one can remain No. 1 forever. I imagine that Phelps, who set the standard, is just dead tired inside, and even though trying again at this Olympics, he may just not have it inside to prevail. But perhaps he has a little something up his sleeve, as he initially decided to pass the 400-meter (individual medley) to begin with. Even if he does not perform to gold standards, he will remain the greatest swimmer of all time, for some time. Perhaps this is Lochte's time, but it cannot compare to Phelps accomplishments."

Phelps deserves a break

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The real story ... gold and grills

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And perhaps the biggest question of all - will Lochte marry you?

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Congratulations to Mr. Lochte, and to the United States, for taking the gold in this event.

    July 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sieuw

    So incredibly mad at Ryan Lochte for losing the 4×100 free relay. We had quite the lead throughout the race UNTIL HIM. Who's brilliant idea is it to put Ryan Lochte in the last??

    July 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOCHTE tanked 4X100

      sad but true ... he didn't want Phelps to get that gold too early and overshadow anything he accomplishes. Selfish of him but its over now ... move on ...

      July 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    As long as our athletes keep collecting gold. All power to them. Congrats Lochte.

    July 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @carbide scribe
    Do we have the gold to back this printing spree?

    July 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • carbide scribe

      Does not matter. As long as that green piece of paper means the same to you today as it did yes

      July 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lilly

    ok we love usa so lets cheer on everyone and not just lochet

    July 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    It would to me as long as it buys things for me AND is accepted when I travel abroad the same as did yesterday.
    Interesting thoughts in your posts. Look forward to more.
    Good night all.

    July 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    USA USA USA. And because its being held there ill say this once.......UK!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Air Bud

    Phelps doesn't even think about touching the water unless he is stark raving stoned.. so I'm sure this was a factor.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. TrueGrissel

    I wouldn't even consider Lochte a supplement to Phelps.

    July 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |