Childhood snub by legend prompted Ryan Lochte's great medal giveaway

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 December, 2012, 11:17pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 2:17am


Ryan Lochte revealed that a childhood snub by a sporting legend inspired him to give away all of his medals.

The American's prowess in the pool in Turkey was matched by his generosity out of the water after he revealed he gives all of his medals away.

"I remember when I was a kid I was looking up to this superstar, an Olympian. I'm not going to mention his name, but I asked him for an autograph and he said no," he said. "I was eight years old and I was crushed. He wasn't even concentrating or preparing, he was just in an elevator.

"I went back to the hotel room and my parents asked me, 'So? Did you get the autograph?'. I told him he said no and I remember telling my parents that if one day I ever got in the same position, I'll do it."