Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte penned an inspiring message on his Instagram account in the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks in Brussels Tuesday, which left at least 30 people dead and more than 200 injured. The Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, took credit for the attack.
Lochte, who penned the catchphrase “Jeah,” beseeched his followers to remain grateful. “Take time to be thankful for everything you have,” the athlete, 31, wrote to his 441,000 followers Tuesday evening. “You could always have more, but you could also have less.” The post garnered more than 8,000 likes on Instagram and hundreds of favorites on Twitter.
He paired the message with a picture of him in an Olympic swimming pool. In the photo, he grabs his chin and shows off his six-pack abs. Though Lochte wrote a thought-provoking message, followers were more interested in his body.
Lochte is slated to swim in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil for Team USA, but it might be his last appearance in the games. “I could hang up the Speedo after Rio,” he told the Charlotte Observer March 7. “So I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m putting all my main focus until this summer, and then I’ll go from there.”
He also recently experienced a bout of theft after his American Flag grill, which he wore in his mouth after he took home the gold medal in the men’s 400-meter at the London Olympics in 2012, was stolen, Us Weekly reported. The dental accessory, which was designed by jewelers Paul Wall and Johnny Dang, was worth a reported $25,000.
But the swimmer, who starred in his own reality show “What Would Ryan Lochte Do,” wasn’t worried. “I have a new one; it's black diamonds,” he told Us Weekly in an exclusive report. “No one's had a black diamond grill, I haven’t seen one.”
The Olympics are slated to begin Aug. 5, 2016, on NBC.
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