Plus: The Olympian looks forward to 'Dancing With the Stars'
Lochte was embroiled in a scandal during the Summer Games after he allegedly vandalized a gas station and falsey reported a robbery involving three other U.S. swimmers. He has since apologized, but tells DeGeneres, “I reached the lowest point in my entire life that I never thought I would go to, and I was in a really dark place, and I didn’t know if I should come out and just hide my entire life.”
After telling the audience that he decided to join DWTS about a month before the Rio incident, he says his family and friends helped him stay positive. The United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming have since slapped Lochte with a 10-month suspension and banned him from competing in the 2017 world swimming championships.
“I’ve been swimming my entire life and I’ve never taken a break,” he says. “And for someone telling me that I can’t do something that I’ve been doing my entire life, I mean, it’s heartbreaking and it stinks. But, you know, I definitely know there’s so much more I want to accomplish in the sport of swimming. So, I’m going to be training, and when I do come back I’m definitely going to be a better swimmer, a better person.”
Watch the preview of his interview below.