Ryan Lochte Feels 'Blessed' While Taking Part in First Swim Meet After 10-Month Suspension

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Ryan Lochte is back in the water!
The 33-year-old Olympic swimmer competed in the U.S. Open in New York, on Saturday, marking his return to USA Swimming since his 10-month suspension for the Rio robbery scandal last year.
"First swim meet back. But first before getting in the pool I gotta say hi to everyone and sign autographs and take pictures..... love all my fans. One of the reasons why I love swimming is seeing the fans @tyrsport #blessed #love #swimming #teamtyr," the athlete wrote on Instagram alongside a pic of him signing autographs for fans.

The gold medalist also shared another snap with his agent, Jeff Ostrow, on the pool deck.

Lochte's suspension ended on July 1, which he celebrated by dedicating the 2020 Olympics to his newborn son, Caiden.

Last month, an appellate court in Brazil cleared Lochte of all criminal charges, concluding that Lochte did not break the law in exaggerating the details of an incident at a gas station during the Rio Olympics in August.
For more on Lochte's criminal case, watch the video below.