Ryan Lochte is probably the only white dude that can get away with wearing a grill.
The American powerhouse swimmer is known to rock bling on his pearly whites when he earns his medals for swimming. However, after winning gold in the 400-meter Individual Medley this weekend, he held off on the shiny mouth gear until after the podium.
Lochte had a custom made, American flag grill assembled for his appearance in the 2012 London Games. The mouthpiece was shiny silver with red, white, and blue diamonds speckling the surface in the design of a flag.
Though the mouth masterpiece was M.I.A. during the medal ceremony, he was spotted rocking the grill and his new medal together later on.
It is rumored that Lochte was banned from bringing the grill onto the podium. According to Mark Adams, a spokesperson for the IOC, it could have been related to a uniform issue.
"I can only speculate that it may have been a uniform issue, that it may not have been part of the uniform,'' Adams told USA Today.
“I wear it when I go on the podium. It’s just a unique way of showing my personality out to everyone,” Lochte said about the grill in an interview with Speedo.
Not to mention all the sweet street cred it gets him…
This isn’t exactly a first for Lochte, either. Oddly, the grill custom has become a thing for him.
In addition to the Olympics grill, Lochte has three others. The swimmer wore a diamond studded – non-American flag grill – at the FINA World championships in Shanghai.