Ryan Lochte on David Letterman, Entire Interview

  5 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | April 23rd, 2013 | Featured, Lifestyle

Promoting his new reality series on E!, What Would Ryan Lochte Do, the 11-time Olympic medalist sat down with late night anchor David Letterman.

Out of this Letterman interview certain nuggets of truth were learned:

- IM means you swim every stroke in one race.

- Michael Phelps probably retired because of too much swimmer’s ear.

- A medley is also an opportunity to sing.

- “My god, you were in 3 Olympics! Were you aware of that,” asked Letterman? Lochte nodded yes.

- Lochte won silver in the 6-hour treading water competition.

- If Letterman had a pool, what would Lochte do? Answer: break records

- Letterman thought gymnastics was the most-watched Olympic sport. 

- If Lochte’s coaches had it their way, he’d be encased in bubble wrap.

For the ratings breakdown of Lochte premiere episode go here. 



  1. liquidassets says:

    Tossup who was worse–Lochte or Letterman. Actually I’d say Letterman, he made Lochte look even worse than usual with his inane comments and questions.

    • PAC12BACKER says:

      Letterman was just feigning his lack of knowledge in swimming to get his jokes. He swam for a season at Ball State in Muncie, IN! Unless swimmers at Ball State simply don’t know what an IM is, LOL.

  2. Billy says:

    I found Ryan to be a good sport and did a good job. He let Dave flex his comedic muscles and did not get into his way.

    Let Ryan be Ryan, he’ll do just fine.

  3. Observer says:

    Ryan did well with Dave. Dave’s a tough guy to have an interview with sometimes.

  4. viewer says:

    I also feel Lochte did well.

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Mel Stewart, aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, and USA Swimming. Mel has also worked as an Olympic analyst for ABC, NBC, EPSN, FOX SPORTS and TBS. At SwimSwam.com, Mel hosts Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com, a weekly report featuring the world’s fastest swimmers and Olympic medalists. Read More »