United States' Ryan Lochte finishes his leg in a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Ryan Lochte has been doing a lot of sitting around in Rio.
Finally, he got a chance to swim.
The man who gave us the nonsensical word "Jeah!" made his 2016 Olympic debut during the preliminaries of the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Tuesday. Taking the anchor leg, Lochte finished off an easy victory in the heat and the second-fastest time overall, sending the Americans into the evening final as one of the favorites for gold.
The 32-year-old Lochte has been one of the busiest U.S. swimmers at the last two Olympics, but he injured his groin at the U.S. trials and qualified in only one individual event, the 200 individual medley. The 4x200 free is his only relay.
"It was rough because I love racing," Lochte said on having all that down time. "I love being on those blocks and racing. So sitting back in my room and just watching finals, I was like, 'Man, I can't wait 'til it's my time.'"
Lochte is an 11-time Olympic medalist. He's rooming in Rio with Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympics history, as well as David Plummer, Jimmy Feigen, Conor Dwyer and Chase Kalisz.
Lochte is the only one who hasn't won a medal yet.
"I've been getting frustrated because I want to be out there representing my country," Lochte said. "We put all our caps up (on the wall) and we're tallying how many medals we can get. We've got a good group."
According to several entertainment web sites, Lochte has been doing more than sitting around in Rio. He's reportedly been spotted at a sponsor house with Playboy playmate Kayla Rae Reid.
"I've been getting on the Snapchat game," Lochte said, smiling. "It's been fun."