Ryan Lochte barred from wearing grill over teeth on medal podium?

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 thatLochte 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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Ryan Lochte wears diamond grill on medal podium (Photo)

Ryan Lochte kicked off what could become a very decorated London Olympics for him by decisively winning gold in the 400-meter individual medley on Saturday (Michael Phelps floundered out of the medals with a disappointing fourth-place finish).

On the medal podium following the race, Lochte’s fourth-career Olympic gold medal noticeably wasn’t the only bling he had on. The swimmer continued his tradition of sporting diamond-ecrusted grills on his teeth during medal ceremonies. Lochte’s fixation with oral jewelry has a measured history that goes back to at least the Beijing Games.

So, he has a penchant for flashy sneakers and really likes to wear grills. Are we sure Ryan Lochte doesn’t also have a rap album under the name Lil Lochte?

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Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Lochte’s shoes are sick (Pictures)

Ryan Lochte is into fashion and a self-proclaimed shoe collector. When he steps onto the deck before a swim, he likes to make a statement with his clothes. And as you can tell by his winged shoes seen above, he frequently succeeds with his mission.

“Ho, I think I have about, a total of 130 pairs of shoes,” Lochte told The New York Times. “So you can say I like shoes.”

Lochte is disappointed that he has to stick to the Team USA uniform at the Olympics, but he told the Times he would try to accessorize with bracelets and diamond grillz.

He also told The New York Times he wants to be a clothing designer.

“I want to be different, and fashion gives me that outlet to do that,” said Lochte.

The winged shoes are a little too flashy and clunky for me to wear, but I like the way they look. If he has more ideas like that, he might be able to have a successful career in fashion after he’s done swimming.

Below is another look at the sneakers:

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Ryan Lochte and Blair Evans reportedly seen flirting, leaving together at Olympics

As one of the favorites at the London Olympics and someone who could potentially upstage Michael Phelps, it would stand to reason that Ryan Lochte needs to do everything he can to remain focused. For some people, remaining focused means keeping loose and having a good time. During a training session on Monday where the Americans shared the pool with the Australians, Lochte was reportedly doing just that with Australian swimmer Blair Evans.

According to the Brisbane Times, Lochte and Evans were seen chatting it up for a while between practice swims. Their actions were described as “flirty,” and after they showered and changed the two swimmers were even seen leaving the pool together.

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Ryan Lochte says he gave up fast food, candy to improve training

Ryan Lochte is one of the top swimmers in the world, but his ability and accomplishments were overshadowed by Michael Phelps’ historic performance at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Motivated by a desire to achieve more at the London Olympics, Lochte says he made some changes to his diet and training.

“I wasn’t really happy with the way 2008 turned out for me,” Lochte told The Associate Press. “I wanted to change some things. I started eating healthier. I actually gave up fast food. I gave up candy and potato chips and everything else. I started watching what I ate.”

His diet isn’t the only thing he changed.

“I took my weight training to a new level,” he said. “I got a lot stronger, a lot bigger. I think it showed in the past three years how I progressed. So, hopefully, this summer, I’ll keep it going.”

Perhaps it’s the focused attitude and determination that leaves Lochte constantly believing that he will be the star of these Olympics.

“This is my time,” he keeps saying.

“I feel like that,” Lochte said. “I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but I definitely feel like that. Just all that hard work, all those hours in the pool, I feel like it’s about to pay off. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see this summer.”

I would contrast Lochte’s changes with Phelps’ purported diet, but the six-time gold medalist recently said his 12,000 calorie-a-day diet is just a myth. We’re expecting big things from Lochte at this summer’s games.

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