While I’m not part of Ryan Lochte’s fan base called Lochte Nation, I can admire his talents as a swimmer and the accomplishments he brought to the sport and to Team USA. Now I can add appreciation for his fans to his list of good things about him.
After his recent victory in Turkey, he gave his medal away to a young fan, knowing that they’d treasure it more than he would. What started out as a childhood incident where he was snubbed by an idol turned into his class act of respecting and appreciating his fans throughout everything he’s been through.
It’s good to know that even the people who become famous never forget the people who back them up all the time and want them to succeed.