Ryan Lochte Will Train While on Big Brother

Ryan Lochte‘s agent says the Olympic swimmer’s upcoming stint on Celebrity Big Brother will show a different side of the swimming icon, and that Lochte will be continuing his aquatic training while on the show, per a People magazine interview.

Lochte’s agent, Jeff Ostrow, spoke to People this week on the heels of the news that Lochte would be competing on the CBS reality TV show. The 34-year-old Lochte is one of 12 celebrities competing on the season, which airs beginning on January 21. He’s currently serving a 14-month anti-doping suspension for receiving an illegal IV vitamin drip, though he still plans to contend for a 2020 Olympic berth.

Ostrow told People that Lochte accepted the invitation to appear on the show so that America could see a different side of him than is typically portrayed in the media.

“He’s not how he is in the media,” Ostrow said in the People piece. “He’s a great person, laid-back and down to earth.

“People who want to see Ryan — what they think, he’s a party animal, crazy person, that’s not what they’re going to see and that’s not what Ryan is. And, in fact, he made a commitment to change his lifestyle a little bit and sought a little bit of help for alcohol and he doesn’t party like that.”

Ostrow goes on in the interview to say that Lochte’s alcohol treatment program “went very well” and that Lochte entered the program voluntarity, “even though many professionals would suggest that he didn’t necessarily need to.”

As far as Big Brother specifics, Ostrow said Lochte is playing to win, but didn’t want to overthink the strategic portion of the game too much. And in swimming-related nuggets from the interview, People reports that there will be a pool in the Big Brother house specifically so that Lochte can continue his training for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Meanwhile a TMZ report revealed the prize money for this season: $100,000 to each celebrity just for entering the house, with the winner taking home an additional $250,000. The celebrities officially entered the Big Brother house on Wednesday, per TMZ.

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Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
2 years ago

Big Brother is watching you

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
Reply to  Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
2 years ago

“… Ostrow said Lochte is playing to win, but didn’t want to overthink the strategic portion of the game too much.”
Thank God. We were so worried.

Tim
2 years ago

Would love to see Lochte smashing out some Greg Troy sets in the BB house.

B1Guy!
Reply to  Tim
2 years ago

Would love to see Lochte smashing some 40s in the BB house. Why else would you go on this show, but to party?

Sccoach
Reply to  B1Guy!
2 years ago

They aren’t given much alcohol on this show

Admin
Reply to  B1Guy!
2 years ago

…for $100,000 up front, plus the change of $250,000 more, and the brand marketing?

dmswim
2 years ago

I can’t wait to see the size of this “pool.”

Koffee Anon
Reply to  dmswim
2 years ago

He really belongs on that other show “The Biggest Loser”…

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  Koffee Anon
2 years ago

Is that why he is an Olympic gold medalist?

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  Koffee Anon
2 years ago

You are forgetting Tool Academy…

The Voice of Reason
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

As a founding member, are you extending him an invitation?

John
Reply to  dmswim
2 years ago

25m 14-jet hot tub

Lopez
Reply to  dmswim
2 years ago

They said it’s an endless pool.

Mikeh
2 years ago

“He’s currently serving a 14-month anti-doping suspension for receiving an illegal IV vitamin drip…”

There is something very absurd about this. There are swimmers, perhaps some country’s entire teams, taking steroids with no consequences at all, and Ryan Lochte is locked out of the sport for taking…too many vitamins. It’s indefensible.

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  Mikeh
2 years ago

While I think 14 months is too harsh, he should have known better. At least he learned from it, I am very excited to see what he will do this year. #Redemption

Swimfan
Reply to  Mikeh
2 years ago

Who are all these swimmers taking steroids with no consequences at all? And is this based on fact or conjecture?

Lpman
2 years ago

“And sought a little bit of help for alcohol”

DMacNCheez
Reply to  Lpman
2 years ago

It’s comments like this that create a stigma around substance treatment. Any amount is a fantastic step. Be respectful.

anonymoose
Reply to  DMacNCheez
2 years ago

maybe he just meant it sounds weird to seek *a little bit* of help. like, either do it or dont. but idk.

frug
2 years ago

Yes, there is no better way to shed you’re image as an overgrown frat bro living on permanent spring break than appearing on a reality show with luminaries like Dina Lohan, Kato Kaelin and the Mooch.

Billy
Reply to  frug
2 years ago

I’d do it if they paid me enough. It’s all about the cash and Ryan has the right to earn a living. Everything I’ve read about him is that he’s a very nice person who made a few minor mistakes. The Brazil thing was made a much bigger deal than it should have been due to the Brazilian’s clownish handling of the entire affair. JMHO.

Coach Mary
Reply to  Billy
2 years ago

U s a Today article pretty much showed what a joke that whole story was. Ok, their competition was over and they were drinking. Language barrier. A gun was drawn He certainly payed the price.

Ice Age Swimmer
2 years ago

It’s ironic to me that all that grinding pain Lochte put in at practices in his life, would pay off financially in such a weird way. Not discounting his great athletic achievements either- it’s just strange. Still rooting for him to make the 2020 team in the 200 IM, but he can’t have too many of these distractions.

Ragnar
2 years ago

Lochte needs his own marvel origins movie because he’s the real super hero, second greatest alrounder Olympic swimmer ever, model, tv star. A movie is the next logically step. What would be his super powers be swimswam? He’s already better than hawkeye

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

I think an argument can be made that he is the 2nd best male swimmer of all time, but Spitz, Biondi, Coughlin, Ledecky, are all greater Olympic swimmer. He was the best in 2010-2011 though

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
2 years ago

Can’t believe you’re putting Spitz in the same group as the others. All those golds, no pro years, and his ridiculous times in events he swam when he was younger —- 200 IM, 400 free. The only thing he didn’t have was longevity, and that’s because there were no pro prospects and the Olympics (for Westerners, at least) were strictly amateur, not even any endorsement money.

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

I listed swimmers who had better Olympic achievements than Lochte, Spitz was one of them… he’s obviously the 2nd greatest Olympic swimmer of all time.

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