The enigmatic swimming icon Ryan Lochte reportedly came face-to-face with the infamous crime of Rio de Janeiro, with claims that he and three unidentified teammates were held up at gunpoint during a night of partying.
While the IOC initially denied the claims, after Lochte spoke with NBC News and his mother spoke to Fox Sports Australia and USA Today, they later backtracked, admitting that the robbery did in fact occur.
"I think they're just shaken up," his mother told USA Today, she added that the robbers "just took [the athletes'] wallets and basically that was it."
According to a representative for Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira, the robbery occurred after Lochte left a club in a taxi, and was robbed while riding in the taxi.
While International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams initially denied the claim, they later admitted that their denial "is not correct."
There had been a large amount of concern for safety and health leading up to the Olympic games, and while for the most part these fears have been generally unfounded, this is a small mark on the Olympics overall.
It is a scary incident that has surely soured the experience some for Lochte and his teammates; hopefully the rest of their stay in Rio is safe and successful.
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