Ryan Lochte Talks Racing Prince Harry and a Return to the Pool on 'Today' (VIDEO)
By now you’ve heard that not only was Ryan Lochte in Vegas this weekend celebrating his birthday among his many Olympic achievements, but he was partying hard with a royal.
The Olympic Champion was on NBC's Today Thursday morning talking to Matt Lauer about his race in the pool with Prince Harry as well as his ambitions for the next Olympics. So how exactly did he end up racing the prince?
It all started when Harry’s people approached Lochte’s table to ask if he could meet the Olympian.
“I went over there. I was fully clothed," Lochte described. "So was he and he was like 'Hey, you want to do something? You want to race me in the pool?' I took off my shirt, and we jumped in and we started racing."
What else did the swimmer have to say about the Prince? And when will he get back to swimming?
“He’s really talkative. He just wanted to meet me and honestly wanted to race me. I thought that was the coolest thing.’’
As for whether he got an invite to the now infamous strip billiards party Harry attended that night, Lochte said “He never said anything like that. After our race and everything, we went our separate ways.” The swimmer told Matt Lauer he’s happy about that laughing, “I don’t need that.”
Now that he’s raced Prince Harry, the Olympian is ready to get back in the water. Taking three weeks off, his longest break from the pool since he was a kid, he has his eyes set on Rio in 2016.
Lochte will begin training on Monday. “Once I landed back in the States after London, I already had my goals in mind for Rio. They’re a little different now.”
While he wouldn’t elaborate on what these different goals are, he did say, “Whenever I go up on the blocks, I don’t want to go for second or third, I want to win. I was definitely pleased and unpleased with some of my races [in London], so hopefully I can change that in the next four years.”
As for the new job on his resume, a guest spot on The CW’s 90210, Lochte said “The whole acting thing is definitely nerve-wracking. I can swim in front of 10,000 people, no problem, but acting, that’s a little hard.’’