The conditions at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have been shoddy at best this year. With flooding bathrooms and bedrooms barely big enough for a child at Olympic Village, you wouldn’t think things could get much worse.
However, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen found out much differently Saturday night when they were robbed at gunpoint. The gold medalist shared his account of the incident with Billy Bush of NBC and he seemed rather calm during the ordeal.
“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte told Bush. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.
“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”
Lochte and his teammates were attending a party thrown by Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira. Thiago’s representative reported to the Washington Post that they left in a taxi, where the robbery happened.
However, International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Andrews denied that report almost immediately in a released statement. However, the United States Olympic Committee confirmed Lochte’s story later on Sunday.
USOC statement confirming Ryan Lochte and 3 others were robbed pic.twitter.com/fwrloczPZS
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) August 14, 2016
Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident and it seems everyone will be just fine after losing just a small fraction of their money in Brazil.
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