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Swimmer Ryan Lochte tears knee ligament during fan encounter

Nov. 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte sustained a torn knee ligament during an encounter with an excited teenage fan, his publicist said Tuesday.

Lochte's representative told USA Today in a statement the five-time gold medalist suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and a sprained anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee as a result of a "freak injury" Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.

The statement said a young female fan ran at Lochte, who caught her while the two tumbled over. The swimmer was injured when his knee hit a curb.

The girl was unharmed.

Lochte "will be taking a break from training and competition," it said. "His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes."

Lochte, a Florida native, has trained in Gainesville for much of his career.

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