Dancing With the Stars

Ryan Lochte: I'd like to do 'Dancing With the Stars'

Aug. 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM ET

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Is Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte ready to trade in his swim trunks and goggles for a sequined getup? It sounds like it. On Sunday, the swimmer told reporters that he'd very much like to participate in "Dancing With the Stars."

And why not? Besides the extra publicity during their off-seasons, athletes in general have done surprisingly well on the ballroom bash, with three Olympians winning in past seasons. That coveted mirror ball trophy could look quite snazzy next to all of his Olympic medals.

Even better would be a ballroom win over his teammate and pal Michael Phelps, whom Lochte said he'd like to dance against. "I mean since I am so used to competing against Michael Phelps, yeah, I'd have him on the show," he told reporters, according to iVillage. And he'd be fine paired with any of the female pros, as Sports Illustrated reported, because all of them are quite lovely. (Might we suggest the uber-fun Lacey Schwimmer as his perfect match?)

Though Lochte has expressed interested in participating in "Dancing," it sounds like producers haven't made a move to invite him to join in an upcoming season yet. But that doesn't mean "DWTS" won't be extending an invite eventually.

"Nothing is in the works yet," a show source told TODAY.com, "but rest assured, either (Lochte or Phelps) -- or even better, both of them -- would be welcome in the ballroom."

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