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Ryan Lochte says he's considering 'DWTS,' 'The Bachelor' stints

August 10, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla
  • Ryan Lochte rocks an all-American grill as he poses with the bronze medal he won in the men's 200-meter backstroke during the 2012 Olympics. Lochte also took home two gold medals and two silvers.
Ryan Lochte rocks an all-American grill as he poses with the bronze medal… (Martin Bureau / AFP / Getty…)

Though the Olympics are winding down with closing ceremonies Sunday, swimmer Ryan Lochte doesn't appear to be going anywhere. (Except for a little "going" in the pool, perhaps.)

The multiple medalist shared his reality-TV ambitions Friday on the "Today" show, telling Matt Lauer, "I'm definitely looking toward 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'The Bachelor,' so we'll see what happens."

Lochte's definitely headed out to L.A., he said, at least for a while. He said he's interested ultimately in pursuing a fashion-design career on the West Coast.

"DWTS" worked well for fellow Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, who won the mirror-ball trophy in May 2007 after competing in speed-skating at the Winter Games in 2002 and 2006.

Lochte's agent, in a Wednesday email to the Hollywood Reporter that didn't mention any shows specifically, said two reality-TV concepts had been offered to the swimmer and a third was being discussed.

And really, why not, when Lochte's somewhat rudimentary TV presence has been so well documented already? And then there was that Funny or Die bit he did about peeing in the pool, a habit he revealed to Ryan Seacrest a week ago.

"I think there’s just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go ... ," Lochte said when asked if Olympic athletes peed in the pool. "[I didn't] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up.”

With "DWTS" prospects out there, we have to wonder: If Ryan's down with peeing in the pool, what would he be comfortable doing on the dance floor?

Don't answer that. We're simply going to assume he'd be ready to Rumba.

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