His star may be fading in the eyes of some in these Games, but Ryan Lochte is one of swimming's brightest stars. He has three races in these Olympics to prove it.
It seemed like Lochte was on the cusp of being crowned as the next great swimming icon when he bested fellow teammate Micheal Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley on opening night.
A day after his triumph, Lochte faded during the last leg of the 4x100 meter freestyle relay, costing his team a shot at the gold.
Lochte also failed to medal in the 200-meter freestyle on Monday, when he finished fourth behind France's Yannick Agnel. Agnel is the same man who caught him in the final 50 meters of the 4x100 relay.
This is not what American fans were expecting out of Lochte and Phelps, but we are probably suffering from a case of severe overconfidence.
Historic medal hauls like Phelps' run in Beijing are rare. Expecting a 13-medal run out of these two was a bit arrogant against the best competition in the world.
Lochte still has three races to redeem himself, and he still has a tremendous chance to leave London as one of swimming's best.