Ryan Lochte, the 11-time Olympic medalist, has had a whirlwind post Olympic run, appearing on countless talk shows, acting on TV shows such as 90210 and 30 Rock, but he is not dating Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, according the New York Post’s Page 6.
Culpo denied the rumors Friday when contacted by the Post’s celebrity column. Cuplo just won the Miss Universe crown last month and explained to Maria Menounos, host of Extra, that there was a lot of talk, all rumors, that she was seeing Lochte.
“Rumors are rumors. At the end of the day we’re just friends, and I’m happy with that.” Culpo said.
Culpo claims she’s single, which, for marketing reasons, is important for the Miss Universe crown winner.
Lochte recently returned from the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships, where he performed well, bringing his SC Worlds career medal haul to 16 golds.
During the Culpo denial, Lochte was between Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach in Florida with Coach Gregg Troy and the Florida Gators working the dry-side of their training with the Elite Special Forces at the Patrick Air Force Base.