Ryan Lochte is one generous Olympian.
That is more than the U.S. swimmer can say about a certain, unnamed athlete he idolized as a child.
And that is why Lochte has been known to simply give away some of his non-Olympic medals, including the gold medal he won over the weekend while breaking his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley at the world short course swimming championships in Istanbul.
"I remember when as a kid I looked up to an Olympian superstar," Lochte said. "I won't mention his name [but] I asked for an autograph and he said 'no'. I told my parents that if I ever get in the same position, I'll do it."
Lochte later tweeted a picture of himself with Arda Cakmak, the Turkish boy who wore the medal given to him by the generous American swimmer. "He's a winner in my book!" Lochte wrote of Cakmak, who had been patiently waiting for an autograph.