Announcer Mixes Up Phelps and Lochte for Entire Race
A Canadian broadcaster mixed up Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte for the entire 200-meter individual medley final, mistakenly thinking Lochte had just trounced Phelps for the Olympic gold medal.
LOL CBC JUST THOUGHT PHELPS WAS LOCHTE AND CALLED THE WHOLE THING LIKE THIS WAS THE RACE OF LOCHTE’S LIFE AHHHH
— Alison Mah (@alisonmah) August 12, 2016
The ultimate Olympics broadcasting nightmare just happened to CBC's swimming commentators. Mixed up Phelps/Lochte lanes. For the whole race.
— Ollie Williams (@OllieW) August 12, 2016
Elliotte Friedman of CBC mixed up the star American swimmers' lanes.
"Finally, he’s going to do it! Ryan Lochte is going to beat Michael Phelps in this event in the Games! And Phelps might not even make the podium!” yelled Friedman.
Lochte finished fifth, swimming in a lane right next to Phelps, who swam away from the field in a breathtaking performance that netted him his 22nd career gold medal and fourth of the Rio Games.
A few seconds later, Friedman realized that it was Phelps who had won.
"I apologize. I got my lanes mixed up. Phelps was the winner," he told the audience.
Friedman apologized on Twitter for the mix-up and was met with lots of supportive responses.
I'm sorry everyone. I blew it. No excuses
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 12, 2016
@FriedgeHNIC It happens. Don't be too hard on yourself. You're doing a fantastic job.
— Jean-François Bégin (@JFBegin) August 12, 2016
@FriedgeHNIC you are a consummate professional, and the ultimate Canadian with that apology. Chin up. You're doing great.
— Candace (@c_woodside) August 12, 2016
— Jocelyn Laidlaw (@CTVJLaidlaw) August 12, 2016
To @FriedgeHNIC, hang in. Great at your job, even better person. Sometimes $#!+ just happens. Could happen to anyone. Onward & upward, pal.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 12, 2016