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Lochte hurts knee after run-in with teenage fan

ESPN staff
November 6, 2013
Ryan Lochte injured his knee on a curb last weekend after being knocked over by a fan © Getty Images

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been sidelined after an encounter with an enthusiastic fan.

The five-time Olympic champion tore his MCL and sprained the ACL in his left knee, according to USA Today, last weekend during a visit to Gainesville, Florida.

A teenage girl ran at Lochte, who tried to catch her, but the two fell over in the process, his publicist said. Lochte hit his knee on a curb, while the girl was not hurt on Sunday.

Publicist Janice Lee said in a statement issued on Tuesday that Lochte's medical team expects him "to make a full and speedy recovery."

Lochte tweeted that he was headed to Gainesville last weekend. He trained there for several years after competing for the University of Florida. He has moved his training to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lochte is next scheduled to represent the U.S. in the Duel in the Pool meet in Scotland on December 20-21.

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