Ryan Lochte has two events left: the 200-meter individual medley and the 200-meter backstroke.
The 200-meter IM will be an epic duel between him and Michael Phelps. Lochte beat Phelps in the qualifying.
Lochte won a bronze medal in Beijing in the 200-meter backstroke. If Lochte can win gold in both events, his Olympics will be a success.
Even if he wins silver or bronze, it'll be fine.
But given the expectations, anything less than that will be considered a disappointment. While we can acknowledge his tremendous talent, and realize that finishing fourth and winning a few medals is tremendous, we have to also put it into context with the situation.
No one may ever match the performance Phelps put on in Beijing. But those were the expectations for Lochte. Fair or not, Lochte has not lived up to them.
He has two races to remake these Games. It'll be fascinating to see what he does.