Ryan Lochte Injured by Excited Fan

11/05/2013 at 09:00 PM EST

Ryan Lochte Injured by Excited Fan
Ryan Lochte
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Olympic swimming champ Ryan Lochte will be spending some time on dry land – the gold medalist injured his left knee in a freak accident involving an excited fan.

The 29-year-old was in Florida on Sunday when a teenage girl saw and ran at the 6'2" athlete, USA Today reports.

Lochte – who starred in his own reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, earlier this year – caught the girl but they toppled over. While the teen was unharmed, he hit the curb, blowing out his left knee.

"As a result of a freak injury caused by an unexpected fan encounter, Ryan has suffered a torn MCL and an ACL sprain and will be taking a break from training and competition," his publicist said in a statement.



"His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes."



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