Ryan Lochte can't stop speaking on behalf of his good friend, Michael Phelps.
And in doing so, he's putting a lot of pressure on Phelps while challenging the man's word in the process. On multiple occasions this week, Lochte has either joked, hinted or outright stated that he believes Phelps isn't done, that he'll be back to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Phelps has continually stated throughout the week that Rio will be his final Olympics as a competitor.
In the aftermath of one of the most remarkable nights of Phelps' decorate career, Lochte went on a tear on Friday morning, practically goading his buddy.
"I guarantee he will be there,'' Lochte said on 'TODAY'. "I think so. I really think so. So, Michael, I'll see you in Tokyo."
Was it a joke? Not really. A little while later, Lochte appeared on the "Dan Patrick Show" on Friday morning and said he believes Phelps will wind up competing in Tokyo.
Notice Lochte again included himself in that forecast. He's gone from maybe-I'm-not-done to now saying he expects to make another Olympic team. Lochte has 12 Olympic medals to his name, which is incredible -- but overshadowed by Phelps' peerless career.
Phelps' final individual race comes on Friday night in the 100-meter butterfly. He's expected to swim on the men's 4x100-meter medley relay on Saturday night, and according to Phelps right now, that will be the final competitive swim race of his career.