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Michael Phelps Thanks Rio People for Their 'Friendliness,' Avoids Ryan Lochte Drama

by Raphael Chestang 6:31 PM PDT, August 19, 2016
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Michael Phelps is not letting Ryan Lochte's controversy over an alleged robbery take away from all the great events that have taken place at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this year.

On Friday, the Olympic gold medalist took to Instagram to share his gratitude for the hospitality shown to him and the rest of Team U.S.A. during the Games.

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"As nice as it is to be home, I already miss the beauty of Rio and the friendliness of its people," Phelps wrote. "Thank you Rio for hosting the Games and for making us feel so welcomed!"

Left out of his message was any mention of Lochte's statement or apology after the Olympic swimmer's account of an alleged robbery was questioned by law enforcement in Rio.

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Brazilian police claim Lochte and fellow swimmers James Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger had not been held up at gunpoint, but instead had vandalized a gas station bathroom while intoxicated, and paid the damages after being questioned by armed guards.

Lochte, who gave two somewhat different accounts of the incident to the Today show, issued a statement on Instagram Friday, apologizing for "not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning," but stood by his story that he had a gun pointed at him.

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"It's traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country -- with a language barrier -- and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave," he said in his apology. "But regardless of anyone else's behavior that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself. For that, I am sorry to my teammates, my fans, my fellow competitors, my sponsors and the hosts of this great event."

Both Lochte and Phelps returned to the U.S. earlier this week, and Phelps is already adjusting to retirement life.

"There's nothing like being back home!!" Phelps posted to Instagram shortly after his arrival. "Great way to spend my first day in retirement!!"

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