Monday, August 13, 2012

The Cuban-American Woman Behind Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte ’s Victories and Tears

The Cuban-American Woman Behind Ryan Lochte’s Victories and Tears

Ryan Lochte and his Cuban mother. Photo: Getty Images

Miami, FL (August 10, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — The Olympics can be heart wrenching for anyone watching their favorite athlete compete, but more so for those who have the honor of calling themselves parents of Olympians. Terra brings you an intimate look into the relationship between Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and his mother Ileana ‘Ike’ Lochte. From his proudest moments to her Cuban roots, Ike Lochte reveals details about raising her Olympian son, who rose to superstardom at the 2012 London Olympics. Featuring tips and touching, personal memories of being a true "Madre de Oro," the interview showcases the pair’s extraordinary mother-son dynamic: “Hardest part of being an athlete’s mom is when they may not do as well as they want. Your heart breaks.”

Watch the full video interview with Ryan Lochte’s mom at

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