By Ashley Mazerolle, Marketing —
While the world has been focused on the Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, four American Olympian swimmers got caught up in the party scene and made some foolish mistakes.
Held at Gunpoint?
Ryan Lochte came forward last week as the spokesman for the four American swimmers and claimed that he and his fellow swimmers were held at gunpoint by men who identified themselves as police officers. The world has scrutinized Rio over its lack of security, high crime rates, and corruption issues. Many wondered if Rio would take enough security precautions for the Olympic games to safely be held there. Lochte’s story simply confirmed the fears of many to be true—or so they thought.
Last Thursday, the local Rio law enforcement held a press conference stating that Lochte fabricated the entire story, damaging Rio’s reputation even further. Rio fought back by stating that the gringos who visit Brazil treat the country like a spring break destination and go so far as to lie to the police and get away with it.
Lochte had already departed Brazil and returned to the US by the time investigators began searching for him. Two of the American swimmers had boarded their plane to return back to the states when Brazilian authorities pulled them off the plane moments before departure.
After new evidence came forward, it appears that the American swimmers were intoxicated and vandalizing a local Shell gas station in the early morning hours. They broke a soap dispenser in the bathroom, tore a sign, and urinated around the premises. A security guard pulled out his gun and waved it in the air to get their attention.
Photo courtesy of Atos.