Ryan Lochte has been forced to stop his training due to a fan-induced knee injury – a sweet fan encounter gone wrong.

“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,” Lochte’s rep said in a statement.

Lochte, 29, gained international fame during the 2012 summer Olympics in London, when he took home more than his fair share of medals as part of the USA Men's Swimming Team and stole the show with his “famous” Lochte abs. At the time, his USA grill and apparent dislike of clothing made him a household name. His star continued to rise in 2013 with the short-lived E! reality show What Would Ryan Lochte Do?

According to reports, a female fan saw Lochte in Florida on Sunday and was so overcome with excitement at meeting her idol, she some how ran into him, causing him to take a fall and hurt his left knee in the “freak” accident.

Lochte is expected to make a full recovery. “His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes,” the statement continues.

An active Tweeter, Lochte has been relatively silent on the social media site since his injury, only tweeting out his thanks to his fans and promises to be back in the water soon.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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