According to ET Television, mere days from the Dancing With The Stars (season 17) cast reveal, dancer Karina Smirnoff toyed with fans, hinting that 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte could be her partner.
There are, of course, many famous actors and athletes with the first name Ryan, but Smirnoff’s quote, according to entertainment industry insiders, could confirm the swirling speculation surrounding Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte’s interest in DWTS.
Smirnoff ET quote:
“I’m just going to say my partner’s first name is Ryan,” Smirnoff divulged at POM Wonderful’s tropical flavors launch in Las Vegas on Thursday. “So you go wild–Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling…you pick! But it’s Ryan, and it is a hottie.”
If Lochte is, in fact, a part of the DWTS cast, he’s already proven he can handle starring in a television series while maintaining his world-class edge in the pool. After concluding production on his reality show What Would Ryan Lochte Do for E!, Lochte made the USA World Championship Team in more events than any other male swimmer.
Dancing With The Stars‘ 17th season premieres Monday, September 16th on ABC.
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