Ryan Lochte was born in Canandaigua, New York in 1984, the son of Steven R. and Ileana M. Lochte.
His father is a swim coach and his mother is a day care director. His mother is Cuban, and was born and raised in Havana, and his father is of German and English descent. He has two older sisters, Kristin and Megan, two younger brothers, Devon, and adopted brother Brandon.
Lochte attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2007, majoring in sport management. Initially, Lochte was not interested in swimming and often fooled around during practice. Lochte only began taking swimming seriously when he was a junior in high school.
As a part of the Florida Gators swimming and diving team, he swam for coach Gregg Troy. At Florida, Lochte was the NCAA Swimmer of the Year twice, a seven-time NCAA champion, a seven-time SEC champion, and a twenty-four time All-American.
He is currently sponsored by Speedo and Gatorade. Look for him to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics in London.