In the understatement of the Summer Games, not to mention the year, Ryan Lochte is sort of having a moment. Yes, yes, Michael Phelps is still great (most decorated Olympian of all time, etc.) but Lochte — unfortunate grill and all — seems poised to capture some more glory post-London — and yes, we’re talking Hollywood. And no, we’re not talking about the fashion line he’s desperate to make happen.
The swimmer already appeared in a questionable Funny or Die video, and there have been rumors floating around that Lochte is being considered for either Dancing with the Stars or the new Bachelor (spokespeople for both shows told EW that the programs never comment on casting rumors). Lochte himself told Matt Lauer, “I’m definitely looking towards Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, so we’ll see what happens.”
Bachelor host Chris Harrison even added his two cents, tweeting, “@fleissmeister just told me he liked Ryan Lochte in his speedo so much he’s now on short list for #Bachelor”
It’s not the worst idea. Thanks to his mom, we all know Lochte is currently single. Tell me I’m not the only one who has a morbid curiosity what a “Ryan Lochte Most. Shocking. Rose. Ceremony. Ever.” would look like. As for Dancing, many former Olympians (Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno) have had success cashing in their name recognition and competitive spirit for sequins and ridiculousness.
Beyond reality shows, a buzzy Michael Phelps hosted Saturday Night Live in September 2008 (with so-so results) after returning from the Games. Will Lochte follow swimsuit?
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