Photos: Olympic-caliber swimmers back in competition

Ryan Lochte

Olympic-level swimmers were back in the pool for the first time since London with the FINA short-course swimming championships this past weekend in Istanbul, Turkey. We have a photo gallery below.

Among the big winners was American Ryan Lochte, who won six golds and one silver. And in a totally cool gesture, Lochte gave away one of his gold medals to a young Turkish boy. "One of the main reasons for racing is because of my fans, so I always want to give something back," Lochte said. "If I took the medal, it would end up in a sock drawer. If I give it to a fan, they're going to treasure it."

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Alexsander Rognerud Hetland of Norway celebrates winning the Men's 50m Breaststroke Final during day five of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 16, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Li Xiayan of China waits to start his Men's 50m Breaststroke semi final during day four of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 15, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Leuan Lloyd of Great Britain starts his Men's 100m Freestyle heat during day four of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 15, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Francois Heersbrandt of Belgium looks on prior to the start of the Men's 50m Butterfly semi final during day three of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 14, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ryan Lochte of USA celebrates after winning the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final during day three of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 14, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Paul Bierdermann of Germany looks on prior to starting the Men's 400m Freestyle Final during day three of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 14, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Michael Jamieson of Great Britain prepares to compete in the Men's 200m Breaststroke heats during day three of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 14, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Frederick Bousquet of France looks on prior to his Men's 50m Butterfly heat during day three of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 14, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Aschwin Faber Wildeboer of Spain prepares to compete in the Men's 100m Backstroke semi finals during day one of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 12, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Fabio Scozzoli of Italy prepares to compete in the Men's 100m Breaststroke semi finals during day one of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 12, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Gal Nevo of Israel starts the Men's 200m Butterfly heats during day five of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 16, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Robert Hurley of Australia competes in the Men's 50m Backstroke Final during day four of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 15, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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