In London, we saw Lochte secure two gold medals (400-meter individual medley and 4x200 relay), two silver (200 IM, 4x100 relay), a bronze (200-meter backstroke) and fourth place in the 200-meter freestyle. Surely, those achievements are nothing to sneeze at, and his career Olympic medal count has climbed to 11 (five gold, three silver, three bronze).
But for a superstar following in the footsteps of Phelps' 2008 performance (eight events, eight gold medals) and outwardly appearing to consider himself the heir apparent, those results left more to be desired.
Lochte, a former University of Florida star, seems ready to take on his fourth Olympic adventure. This time he won't have to contend with the legendary Michael Phelps, barring an unexpected reversal to Phelps' retirement plans.
"I'm probably going to swim more events in 2016, and I'm going to swim as long as I'm having fun," Lochte told the Associated Press.
Motivation shouldn't be an issue for Lochte, who could potentially move into second place in all-time Olympic medal standings with a strong performance in Rio. The question will be whether he can still possess the same supreme physicality in 2016, when Lochte will be 32 years old.
Apparently, he has a plan for combating the effects of growing older, and it includes an adjusted workout regimen.
"I'm definitely going to be training a lot differently and I'll be training for more of the shorter events, so I'll be cutting down my training a little," he told the Associated Press.