Ryan Lochte Wants to Compete on 'Dancing With the Stars'
And His Dream Competition: Michael Phelps, Of Course
How would a mirrored ball trophy look next to his gold medals? Olympic swimming champ Ryan Lochte would like the chance to find out, telling reporters that he'd like to become a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
And while he doesn't care who his pro partner would be on the show, he does have a preference for who he'd like to compete against: his fellow Olympic champion, Michael Phelps.
Lochte shared his DWTS hopes during a post-competition press conference last weekend, in which he discussed all his future plans.
For the record, despite the fact that he just turned 28, he isn't retiring before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (and he says he's still not totally convinced Phelps will be able to stay out of the pool for the 2016 Games, either).
He also wants to design his own menswear clothing line -- not a surprise since he's known to show off a flashy wardrobe of his own -- and hopes the DWTS producers will come calling.
Three Olympians -- Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson -- have nabbed the DWTS championship in past seasons, and Lochte would almost certainly be a fan favorite if he becomes a reality show toe-tapper.
And a Lochte/Phelps DWTS showdown would likely earn ABC some serious ratings, though Lochte admits he "wouldn't bet on" Phelps agreeing to don glittery costumes and joining the show.
Dancing With the Stars' execs official take: "Nothing is in the works yet," a DWTS source told Today.com, "but rest assured, either (Lochte or Phelps) -- or even better, both of them -- would be welcome in the ballroom."