CBC Announcer Confuses Ryan Lochte With Michael Phelps For Entire Race

CBC’s Elliotte Friedman thought Phelps was Lochte the whole time. It was only after the winner emerged from the pool the announcer realized he was mistaken.



Michael Phelps beat his rival countryman Ryan Lochte in the 200m individual medley, thereby becoming the first swimmer to win four successive Olympic gold medals in one event as well as his 22nd gold medal.

Meanwhile, Lochte finished in fifth place, which marked the end his journey in Rio.

However, if you were a CBC viewer, the conclusion of the race appeared drastically different.

Elliotte Friedman, an announcer for the Canadian news network, confused Lochte’s lane with Phelps’ and kept cheering Lochte for getting ahead.

“Finally he’s going to do it!” Friedman exclaimed. “Ryan Lochte is going to beat Michael Phelps in this event in the games, and Phelps might not even make the podium!”

However, Friedman was mistaken because it was Phelps, not Lochte, who was leading the race by a wide margin.

When Phelps emerged from the pool as the winner, the announcer quickly apologized on air, saying, “I apologize. I got my lanes mixed up. Phelps, with the gold.”

He also admitted his mistake in a tweet:


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