Ryan Lochte: 3 Reasons the U.S. Swimmer Will Not Upstage Michael Phelps in 2012

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Ryan Lochte: 3 Reasons the U.S. Swimmer Will Not Upstage Michael Phelps in 2012
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No matter how well Lochte performs in London and how many medals he wins, the American swimmer will not be able to upstage Michael Phelps in 2012.

While Lochte might be dreaming of becoming the face of American swimming by the conclusion of the London Games, 2012 will not be the year that this 27-year-old aquatic machine dethrones Michael Phelps, who has reigned as the king of U.S. swimming since his record-setting performance in the 2008 Beijing Games.

Although Lochte has already locked in two gold medals (one more than Phelps), he is marred by three factors which will always keep him in Phelps’ shadow.

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