The 34-year-old athlete knew the 27-year-old model was the one the second they met. Picture: AP

Ryan Lochte met his wife on Instagram.

The Olympic swimmer first linked up with his now-wife Kayla Rae Reid when he sent her a message on the photo sharing site, leading them to eventually meet up in Los Angeles.

He said: "She was living in Los Angeles at the time and I was in Charlotte, North Carolina. I went to Los Angeles for training and was going out to a club. 

She was going out to the same club with her girlfriend. I was like, 'Oh, maybe we’ll finally get to see each other.' We reached out and grabbed each other’s hands and were like 'This is you! Finally.' And we didn’t want to let go. Our friends were dragging us apart and that was the end of that night."

Kayla added: "He was like, 'Hey, I’d like to buy you a drink!' and I was like, 'What does that mean?' I wrote back, 'Maybe.' And that was it. He was so persistent, constantly. I was like, 'Oh fine! I’ll meet with you.'"

And the 34-year-old athlete knew the 27-year-old model was the one the second they met.

He shared to People magazine: "We talked for eight to 10 hours about everything and honestly the next day we started dating. We just talked about what we want in life ... our goals, family, everything. I think right after that I was just like, 'She’s the one.' Our lives have been a roller coaster ride with everything we’ve had to deal with. No matter what has happened, she’s been there to pick me up. She’s the one that has motivated me to keep going and to keep striving for my dreams and my goals not just in sports but in life as well. I owe everything to her."