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Ryan Lochte's six Olympic swimming medals have been auctioned

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Ryan Lochte bites his gold medal for the men's 200 metre freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, on July 26, 2011.
Ryan Lochte won the gold medal 2011 Men's 200m freestyle at the FINA World Championships in Swimming held in Shanghai, China on July 26, 2014.Photo: Michael Sohn/AP Communications

Ryan Lochte's Olympic silver and bronze medals are all auctioned The proceeds will be donated to charities that benefit the children.

The 37-year-old swimmer has won 12 medals in four Olympics. This includes the 6 gold that we plan to hold for now.

"I'm not all sentimental about medals," Lochte told The Associated Press on Sunday from his vacation in Mexico. "My medal sits in the closet and collects dust. The memories I have are the most meaningful."

The medal is Boston It is sold in 3 lots at the RR auction based. The sale ends on July 21st.

The first lot is Lochte's first individual Olympic medal, the silver medal of the 200-meter individual medley at the 2004 Athens Games, where Michael Phelps won the gold medal. The quote is over $ 10,000.

The second lot is a pair of bronze medals for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lochte finished third with 200IM and 400IM. The quote is over $ 12,000.

The third lot has three medals for the 2012 London Olympics. Lochte finished 2nd in the 200IM, 2nd in the 4x100 freestyle relay, and 3rd in the 200 backstroke. The quote is over $ 60,000.

Bobby Livingston, Executive Vice President of the RR Auction, said the medal was entrusted by the person who received it from Lochte and wanted to remain anonymous.

"They are in perfect condition. They have beautiful ribbons," Livingston said. "Ryan is obviously very interesting to those who collect medals."

Lochte confirmed that he was not a direct seller.

"I handed them over to a third party," he said. “Everything we earn is donated directly to charity.”

There are also 14 white gold Olympic rings and Breitling watches with black diamonds on sale. Lochte bought both items himself after the London Games.

The charity of his choice has funded his late-stage children and their families to send them on a dream journey from South Florida to their destination of choice. The Holhenation Foundation, a non-profit organization that collects. .. Lochte said he has been working with the Foundation for over a decade. His agent is on the board of directors.

"This year I really wanted to focus on giving back. I love it," he said. "I'm teaming up with my dad who has a swimming clinic and I'm coming out with my sunscreen."

During his career, Lochte regularly nationwide. From the tournament he handed out his medals to the children in the crowd.

Lochte hasn't played in major competitions since last year's US Olympic trial. He didn't form a team in Tokyo. Last month he swam in the waters of the Cayman Islands and finished in 14th place.

"One mile in the ocean is very different from one mile in the pool," he said. He "swears he thought he had a heart attack."

He is thinking of dropping some of the six gold in the future. He wants to keep the first personal gold from 200 back in Beijing and another gold for his father Steve.

"These medals make a lot of sense to me. I got the (rear) medals for them," Lochte said.

Lochte's 12 medals are the second most common swimmer, following Phelps' Olympic record of 28.

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