Up next for Lochte: Dance trou­bles away

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Sure, Olympic swim­mer Ryan Lochte made up an in­ci­dent in Rio de Janeiro and is fac­ing charges from Brazil­ian po­lice that he filed a false rob­bery re­port, and he is los­ing spon­sors who think his im­age has been tar­nished.

But de­spite his cur­rent woes, Lochte was named Tues­day as a con­tes­tant on the up­com­ing edi­tion of ABC’s “Danc­ing With the Stars.”

“I’m def­i­nitely re­ally ex­cited. This is com­pletely new for me,” Lochte said when the cast was an­nounced on “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica.”

“I think it’s time for me to hang up the Speedo and put on my danc­ing shoes and get in that ball­room,” Lochte con­tin­ued. “I’m go­ing to treat this kind of like go­ing into the Olympics.”

Lochte joins other celebri­ties in the “DWTS” ball­room, in­clud­ing for­mer Texas Gov. Rick Perry; “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick; record­ing artists Kenny “Baby­face” Ed­monds,” Jana Kramer and Vanilla Ice; Olympic gym­nast Lau­rie Her­nan­dez; NFL wide re­ceiver Calvin John­son Jr.; ac­tress Mar­ilu Hen­ner; race car driver James Hinch­cliffe; and “Lit­tle Women: LA” star Terra Jole.

Perry, who is Texas’ long­est-serv­ing gov­er­nor and a two-time un­suc­cess­ful pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, tweeted Tues­day that he will ap­pear on the show to help vet­er­ans, though he didn’t elab­o­rate on how.

The new sea­son pre­mieres Sept. 12.

MARTIN MEISSNER/AP

Olympian Ryan Lochte will be among the con­tes­tants on the next edi­tion of ABC’s “Danc­ing With the Stars.”

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