Ryan Lochte is among the many athletes currently left reeling after it was announced that the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics have been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 35-year-old, 12-time Olympic medalist has been training “almost every day” to be in shape for the Games, a source tells PEOPLE — but now has around a year to go.
“He’s disappointed like everybody else, but he knows this is way bigger than him,” the source explains of Lochte, who was already battling to get back in shape after a 14-month ban from competitive swimming. “Ryan’s older than he’d like to be going into this cycle and so it’s another year he didn’t anticipate, but he’s in incredible shape and he’ll keep the pedal down and he knows this is best for the world.”
The sentiment is one Lochte shared himself on Good Morning America, Wednesday, when he video chatted into the morning show.
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My best advice was to WASH YOUR HANDS I got cut off. Thank you again everyone, stay safe and see you again in 2021! #beatcovid19 #Olympics
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“As soon as I saw it was disappointment,” Lochte shared. “I trained four years for this moment — this is probably one of my biggest Olympics that I’ve ever had in my career but this is bigger than me. This is bigger than the Olympians. This is affecting the entire world and right now our main thing is staying safe and staying healthy.”
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