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U.S. gold medal-winning swimmers make emergency stop in Platte City

Ryan Lochte posed for a photo with YMCA employee Skylor Parrett.
Ryan Lochte posed for a photo with YMCA employee Skylor Parrett.

The U.S. Olympic swimming trials begin Sunday in Omaha, Neb., but a few people at a Platte City YMCA got a sneak peek on Thursday.

Ryan Lochte (who has won 11 Olympic medals, including five golds), Tyler Clary (the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 200-meter backstroke) and other members of SwimMAC were flying from Charlotte, N.C. to Omaha when their plane had troubles.

According to the Washington Post, there was an “oxygen malfunction,” and the pilot moved the plane down to 10,000 feet for about 45 minutes. The plane made an emergency landing at KCI.

The team ended up driving to Omaha. But not wanting to wait to get in the water, team coach David Marsh took them to a YMCA — the Platte County Community Center North.


Possibly one of the best days of my life, Ryan Lochte came into my work today to swim!! #olympics #ryanlochte #swim

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“We got there, and the lifeguards had no idea who we were,” Marsh told the Post. “One of the lap swimmers was like, ‘By gosh, they are moving through the water awfully fast.’ Then I started naming off everybody who was with us, and they were like, ‘Holy (expletive).’ 

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff