Nov 12, 2012, 12:41 PM EST
Gold medalists Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte had presumably spent more time shooting scenes for TV teen dramas than actually swimming since the London Games, but neither seemed too affected by the time off at this weekend’s Minnesota Grand Prix.
The Olympians finished with five wins each at the short-course meet, as Missy dominated the 200 back – which she holds the world record in – by nearly six seconds and Lochte coasted to victories in the 200 IM and the 200 back on Sunday to finish off his first big weekend back in the pool.
“After London I’ve just been doing so many different things like cameos for TV shows, all these appearances, and you can get caught up in it,” Lochte told the AP after winning his events Sunday. “But I knew if I wanted to go to short-course worlds, I had to stop all that and start training again.”
Lochte, who appeared in “30 Rock” and “90210″ this fall, but has thus far shunned Hollywood to continue training for the Rio Games in Florida, also won the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 100 back in Minneapolis.
Missy, who kicked off the meet Friday by recording a personal best in the 200 free, seemed happy getting back to business after bouncing around the country on the post-London medai tour, appearing on “Pretty Little Liars,” and signing up to join U.S. Olympic swim coach Terri McKeever at Cal next fall.
“It’s been so long since London,” she said. “And I’ve been looking forward to this for so long, just to get back in the water and get racing again.”
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