Ryan Lochte has had some highs and lows in the past couple years, to say the least.
In a new interview, the Olympic swimmer opens up about the 2016 Rio scandal, where he and several U.S. men's swim teammates fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint following an incident at a Brazilian gas station.
The controversy led to outrage and loss of sponsorships for the 32-year-old athlete, who confesses to ESPN that amid the fallout, there were days where he didn't know whether he could go on.
"Everything happens for a reason," he says. "Look, I was done with swimming back in 2013. I was drained, wiped out. Now I've found a new purpose with my son. This fire has been ignited, and it's bigger than ever, and I'm just so excited because I know what's going to happen in Tokyo. Everyone is going to have to watch out!"