Michael Phelps was the definite star of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, but 2012 belongs to another swimmer: Ryan Lochte. The 27-year-old New York-born, Florida-raised swimmer is all the rage with swimming fans — and the ladies, of course.
However, the 400-meter individual medley gold medalist only has eyes for his mom right now — according to her, of course.
"He's too busy! He's so warmhearted that I don't think he'd want to have a relationship with somebody," his mom, Ileana "Ike" Lochte told US Weekly over the weekend. "I don't think he wants to get into a relationship."
The hip-hop-loving swimmer is close to his mom — he credits his mom, nicknamed "Ike," with his swimming talent. The love is mutual, of course.
"As a mom, I'm trying not to cry! I get to see my child's face all over the place," she added to US Weekly of his popularity at the Games. "I want to kiss the billboards when I see them and say, 'Oh, I love you!'"
However, she told NBC Miami earlier this year that she's worried her son is missing out on life because of swimming.
"…You work so hard to get your kids to fulfill their goals, and sometimes they don't realize it until they’re older, and now he’s realizing how much we’ve given up,” she said.
It doesn't sound like Lochte's missing out on too much: He's known among teammates for his goofy personality and love of rap music — he always wears a custom "grill" over his teeth while accepting his metals. The buff swimmer is also known for his signature catchword "jeah!" — it's caught on with fans and appears on his warm-up jackets.
His biggest downfall, according to his mother, is his easygoing personality.
"Sometimes you want to kill him! He's a little too laid-back sometimes," she joked over the weekend. "Sometimes I just want to shake him and say, 'Do you get it?'"
Lochte does: He gave up a lead in Sunday's 4x100 free relay, giving France the gold. Monday's 200 freestyle wasn't much better — he finished in fourth place.
"Not so happy about that swim tonight... you live and learn. Tomorrow I will be better," Lochte tweeted on Monday afternoon.
We're pulling for you, Ryan!
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