LONDON (AP) — They’ve become almost as well-known back home as their superstar swimming sons.
Debbie Phelps and Ike Lochte have been getting plenty of television time, cheering on Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte during their medal-winning performances at the London Olympics.
Debbie Phelps has lots of experience with the Olympic whirlwind. After all, her 27-year-old son is competing in his fourth and last games before retiring. But it wasn’t until returning from Beijing four years ago, when Phelps won a record eight gold medals, that she realized the impact all that TV time had in the U.S.