USA swimmer Ryan Lochte was showing some love to the fans, when an encounter went wrong and the aquatic star suffered a serious left knee injury. A teenage girl was excited to see Lochte, so she went running towards him and attempted to jump in his arms.
Unfortunately, the pair tumbled to the ground and Lochte smashed his knee off the curb.
The result of the fall? A torn MCL and sprained ACL for Lochte.
Lochte’s publicist released a statement about the bizarre incident, via Rachel Axon of USA Today:
As a result of a freak injury caused by an unexpected fan encounter Ryan has suffered a torn MCL and an ACL sprain and will be taking a break from training and competition. His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes.
The good news is that the injury is far before the next Summer Olympics cycle, so Lochte will be able to get back in shape and continue his role with USA swimming. He is also expected to avoid surgery.
“It’s too soon to know how long he’ll be out,” his sister, Kristin Lochte-Keeler, told the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal. “He’s going for a second opinion. At this point, they’re saying he does not need knee surgery.”
The bad news? Teenage girls running at Lochte in the future will not be welcomed.