Ryan Lochte turned heads at the Summer Games in London on Saturday by winning gold in the 400m individual medley, beating Michael Phelps, who finished fourth. But the gold medal isn’t the only reason he’s receiving plenty of attention — it’s the jewelry in his mouth, not around his neck, that’s causing a stir.
Earlier on Saturday we noted that Lochte was sporting a custom-made diamond grill in his mouth on the medal stand. Though he was photographed with the grill in his mouth after the race, it looks like he was banned from wearing it on the actual medal stand.
ESPN’s Wayne Drehs reported that “Lochte told me he tried to wear his grill on the podium only to have an Olympics official tell him if he did so he wouldn’t get his gold.”
That explains why Lochte’s teeth are visible in some photos while you see nothing but bling in others.
Looks like the Olympic fun police are trying to ruin Lochte’s swag. Let’s just hope they don’t ban his awesome shoes next.
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