US swimmer Ryan Lochte checks the scoreboard after he competed in the men's 400m individual medley heats swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON -- FCN's Jeannie Blaylock was the only local reporter to grab swimmer Ryan Lochte and his family members after winning the Team USA's first gold.
Always the diplomat, Jeannie was gracious about not only Lochte's win, but her respect for Michael Phelps as well.
Jeannie shares her thoughts in this Olympic diary from London.
What a rush to be there to interview Ryan Lochte just a couple minutes after he beat Phelps (Saturday).
I was still so pepped up from experiencing it... and being able to share it back home... I got in bed at 3:30 a.m. and was wired... wide awake... I just couldn't get the rush to settle down! I guess I felt sort of a collective pride... a USA thing... a Gator thing... just the sheer joy of rooting for somebody who lives in our area...
Phelps...of course... I admire him... so much American talent...
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