Swimmer (and Dad-to-Be) Ryan Lochte Finds Inspiration in Fatherhood

See how dad-to-be Ryan Lochte is gearing up for fatherhood—and for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Olympian Ryan Lochte might be best known for his killer strokes in the pool and some questionable choices in Rio. But as the spokesperson for a new PowerBar campaign appropriately titled "Clean Slate," Lochte—who sports six gold, three silver, and three bronze medals around his neck—is leaving his checkered past behind and looking forward to a future that's a little more baby blue.

Expecting his first child with his model fiance, Kayla Rae Reid, Lochte recently revealed that he’ll be welcoming a splashing baby boy, just like fellow teammate and inspiration, Michael Phelps, who is a proud papa to 8-month-old, Boomer. It’s thinking about his growing family that keeps Lochte laser-focused and working hard: “Before [finding out I was having a child] it was my goals that I wanted to accomplish in the sport of swimming. Now, there’s some new motivation for me. I want to swim faster—and better—for my kid and family. There’s definitely a different motivation but I’m probably going to be stronger than I was before,” he said at an event for PowerBar at AquaCycle in New York. “I’m really excited to see what happens throughout these next coming years leading to 2020.”

By the time he tests the waters in Tokyo, his babe will be nearly three years old (and yes, we’re already thinking about the cute photos of him watching his papa race for the win!), so Lochte isn’t thinking too far ahead just yet. In a year, he says he’ll be, “changing diapers. That’s what I’m going to be doing. I hope I’m just having fun with my new boy.”

Though we love his attitude toward taking on diaper-changing duty, following along with many dads like Mark Zuckerberg, Ashton Kutcher and Channing Tatum, we can’t wait to hear about his sleeping habits change once his newborn arrives. “ I try to get a lot of sleep, especially now because I know I won’t get much when the baby is born. I try to get 9 hours each night,” he shared. “I’ve read that sleeping in increments of 3 helps your REM, so I try to stick to that.”

Good luck to the new dad-to-be: We can’t wait to see what’s next for his career and his fam!