In a recent interview with NBC, Ryan said, "I'd be like the Michael Phelps of swimming if he wasn't there." He's not NOT right . . .
We can't imagine what it would be like to be a swimmer during the Phelps era — Ryan is the second most decorated male swimmer in Olympic history, but his impressive 12 medals are eclipsed by Michael's 25 — so good for Ryan for living his truth and telling it like it is.
Ready to watch the Team USA swimmers have a little friendly competition? Their rival event is tonight: the 200-meter individual medley. Phelps has won gold in this event at the last three Olympic games, and this might be Ryan's last chance to beat him.