Lochte to dance away from con­tro­versy

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

US swim­ming star Ryan Lochte will look to turn the page af­ter his drunken hi­jinks at the Rio Olympics cost him lu­cra­tive en­dorse­ments – by ap­pear­ing on the re­al­ity TV show Danc­ing with the Stars.

Lochte, 32, is among 13 celebri­ties to sign up for the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show, which launches its new­est sea­son on Septem­ber 12, US net­work ABC con­firmed ear­lier this week.

“I’m break­ing out my dance shoes for Sea­son 23 of #DWTS!” Lochte tweeted.

The line-up also in­cludes gold medal-win­ning Olympic gym­nast Lau­rie Her­nan­dez, for­mer rap­per Vanilla Ice, for­mer Texas gov­er­nor Rick Perry and ac­tress Mau­reen McCormick, who ap­peared in the pop­u­lar 1970s sit­com

Amer­i­can foot­ball star Calvin John­son, re­al­ity TV star Am­ber Rose and Indy race car driver James Hinch­cliffe are also among those sched­uled to com­pete.

Lochte used the an­nounce­ment of his up­com­ing turn on the show to re­peat his re­gret about his “big mis­take” in Rio.

Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties last week charged him with mak­ing a false re­port about be­ing robbed at gun­point dur­ing the Olympics. Lochte had al­ready left the coun­try by the time the charges were filed.

The Olympic gold medal win­ner had told the me­dia in Rio that he and three team­mates had been mugged af­ter an all-night party by rob­bers pre­tend­ing to be po­lice.

The tale hu­mil­i­ated first the Brazil­ian hosts of the Games and later Lochte’s own Team USA, af­ter po­lice de­ter­mined that he had largely con­cocted his story.

Top spon­sors, in­clud­ing Speedo and Ralph Lauren, aban­doned Lochte in the up­roar over his made-up story, and he could still face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion over the in­ci­dent by USA Swim­ming and the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

But Lochte told ABC’s pro­gram that it was time to move on, and that “ev­ery­one [is] blow­ing this way out of pro­por­tion”.

“I’m never one to dwell on the past. I just want to move for­ward,” the be­lea­guered swim­ming star said.

“Ev­ery­one has got to be sick and tired about hear­ing about this,” he said. “I just want to move for­ward.”

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