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Ryan Lochte, teammates unharmed in Rio armed robbery

RIO DE JANEIRO — Swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. Olympic teammates were robbed early Sunday morning after their taxi was stopped by "individuals posing as armed police officers," a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee said.

Lochte and his teammates, Gunnar Bentz, Jimmy Feigen and Rockville's Jack Conger, were unharmed, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.
 
The swimmers had left France House, a hospitality venue for the French Olympic delegation, in a taxi headed for the athletes' Olympic Village, the statement said. The gunmen stopped the taxi and demanded the athletes' money and personal belongings.

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Michael Phelps, who has won more medals than any other Olympian, wasn’t looking to lose. And Phelps did not as part of the 4x100-meter medley relay Saturday.

The swimmers were cooperating with local authorities, Sandusky said.
 
"We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing, just a police badge, and they pulled us over," Lochte told NBC. "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused. I was like, 'We didn't do anything wrong, so I'm not getting down on the ground.'
 
"And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, 'Get down,' and I put my hands up. I was like, 'Whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cellphone, he left my credentials."
 
Lochte's friend and teammate, Michael Phelps, said his reaction when he heard about the robbery was: "Excuse me?"

"I couldn't believe it," he said.
 
Phelps said he's traveled with a personal security team and never has felt unsafe in Rio.
 
"For me, I've been to Brazil multiple times, and I felt safe every time I've come here," he said. "I've never felt an issue. I wasn't there last night. I was with my family all night long. That was the most important thing to me."  
 
The news of the robbery followed a morning of conflicting reports about what did or did not happen to Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist.

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Lochte's mother, Ileana, told several news outlets that he had been robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning.
 
But a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee initially said the story was not true.
 
The robbery is the latest in a string of troubles — from armed thefts, to wayward buses carrying athletes, to the green water in the diving pool — that have plagued the 2016 Games.
 
Despite those difficulties, several of Lochte's teammates said Sunday that they've felt secure in Rio.
 
"Rio's an amazing city, and there's going to be problems anywhere you go," U.S. swimming captain Nathan Adrian said. "We have been briefed on how to mitigate those risks as well as possible."
 
"I think we all trust our security guys, and they've done a great job throughout this trip," added three-time gold medalist Ryan Murphy.
 
A USA Swimming spokesman, when asked about the IOC's initial statement that the Lochte story was untrue, said: "You'd have to direct that to the IOC."

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