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Would Ryan Lochte take big risks on his new reality show? Oh, jeah!

April 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM ET

On Sunday night, fans of Ryan Lochte got a glimpse of what life's like for the five-time Olympic gold medalist when he's not hanging out poolside thanks to his new reality TV show, "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" But for those who missed the premiere, there's still a chance to find out the answer to the show's title question.

During a Monday morning visit to TODAY, Lochte revealed that he'd do just about anything -- the bigger the risk, the better.

"I’m not your average Olympian," he said. "You know when you think about Olympians, you think about (how) they eat, they train, they sleep. That’s it. For me that’s not the case at all. I like doing other stuff. I like going out and having a good time. I like doing stuff I could probably get myself hurt in, like playing basketball, skateboarding, surfing -- you name it, I'm doing it."

And viewers will see it -- not that he's only sharing the exciting stuff with the public. After all, the cameras capture everything!

"The first, like, couple of days … I was awake and brushing my teeth and the camera was right there," Lochte recalled. "I'm going downstairs to eat breakfast before swim practice, the camera's there. The camera is there 24/7, and I wasn’t used to that."

But now he doesn't mind the living under the lens. In fact, he's found one big perk that's come from it.

"The best thing about this show was I got really close with my family," the swimmer explained. "I mean, I was seeing them maybe once or twice every three months (before). (With) this show, I saw them once or twice every week, and it just brought us a lot closer together."

Catch more from Lochte -- and his family -- when "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" airs next Sunday at 10 p.m. on E!

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