WATCH: 5 Things To Know About Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte

Learn more about Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who will be squaring off against teammate Michael Phelps Wednesday night

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Ryan Lochte is just getting started this summer.

After his first gold medal at this year’s Summer Olympics in the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay, the 32-year-old is ready to rack up more medals in Rio in his upcoming 200-meter individual medley and the 4×800 freestyle relay.

Here are five things to know about the world record holder:

1. He Suffered a Knee Injury in 2013 After a Freak Run-In with a Fan

Lochte, 32, might be a committed Tinder user ever since the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but he’s never had trouble attracting fans in real life – sometimes to dangerous effect. In 2013, Lochte injured his left knee after a teenage girl ran toward the athlete. Lochte caught the girl and blew out his knee on the curb as they toppled over.

2. He’s a World Record-Holder

The Florida native might take risks with his appearance – note the bleached ‘do he debuted for Rio – but he is serious about his swimming. Lochte holds multiple world records, including for the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley.

3. He Eats 6,000-8,000 Calories a Day

That may seem like a lot of calories per day for somebody on a strict Olympic diet, but Lochte’s rigorous training schedule allows him to burn off a significant amount of them in the pool. But the elite athlete is not exactly pigging out at will: “I’m not eating the McDonalds or the Burger King anymore.”

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4. What Would Ryan Lochte Do?

Sound familiar? The Olympian had his very own reality TV series on E! called What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, featuring himself and his not-so-crazy lifestyle with his friends and family. Although the show only lasted eight episodes in 2013, Lochte showed viewers what his life really looked like after winning five medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

5. He Has the ‘World’s Greatest Mom’

The swimmer has a lot of love for his mom, Ileana, who has been by his side every step of the way through is career.

“Her support and her love that she’s given me throughout the years – I can’t even repay her for what she’s done,” the Olympian told PEOPLE. “We have that unconditional love and that’s never to be taken for granted and we stick by each other.”

After the games, Lochte and Ileana will take a vacation and “do a little sightseeing and relax by the ocean,” as Lochte puts it.

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