The new documentary, “In Deep with Ryan Lochte,” chronicles the Olympic swimmer’s rise, fall into scandal and efforts to make a comeback.
“A lot of people have a different perception of me, and this documentary is going to basically show you the real me — the downs I’ve had in my life, the ups and how everything has shaped me into who I am today,” Lochte, 35, tells The Post.
Premiering July 15 on Peacock, NBC’s new streaming platform, “In Deep” covers the now-infamous incident at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil when the bleached-blonde Lochte — a 12-time Olympic medalist — falsely claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint.
He was subsequently dropped by his sponsors and was suspended by USA Swimming for 10 months from competing in domestic and international competitions. In 2018, he was slapped with a 14-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for allegedly receiving a “prohibited intravenous infusion” (which he denied).
“I want people to see all that hard work and dedication that I put into my sport to get to where I’m at,” says Lochte. “A lot of people think because I’m such a jokester in life that I just got by by talent. That isn’t the case at all. I busted my butt every day and worked hard to get where I’m at. So you’re going to see a little bit of everything.
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