Ryan Lochte: Great swimmer, terrible interview.
That's how one fan described the 28-year-old Olympic swimmer in the opening seconds of the "Ryan Lochte Is Terrible At Interviews" YouTube video, which has tallied over 1.5 million views since it was posted on Aug. 1.
Lochte Warms Ups The Water In His Own Special Way
The video features over two minutes of wacky interview responses from Lochte, but surprisingly is missing his notorious recent discussion with Ryan Seacrest, where he freely admitted that he urinates in the Olympic warm-up pool.
"I think there's just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go," Lochte told Ryan Seacrest earlier this month. "[I didn't] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up."
That comment may be Lochte's most famous interview response to date, but the "Lochte Is Terrible At Interviews" video features plenty of other gems, including "What defines me? Ryan Lochte," and "I'll show China how to dance."
"7 x 4=21"
At the 34 second mark of the video, he says that "7 x 4=21," and just before the one-minute mark, he admits "what I was always good at was letting things go through one ear and out the other, so to say."
Later in the video, he says "I can't wait until I get done with swimming so I can get to the market to do a little shopping," and then he notes that his cell phone screen saver is just a picture of rocks.
The official "Ryan-ism" count has to be inching up to the double digit mark by now, as he makes the rounds in the media covering the 2012 London Olympics.
I completely disagree with the fan who posted this video with the comment that he's a terrible interview. To me, he comes across in a folksy, honest, compassionate way, like a Forrest Gump meets George Bush. In my view, he's a great interview because of his unique personality.
The media wants quotable, juicy snippets of information, and Lochte's one-liners are outrageously fun headline-grabbing zingers.
I chock his comments up to "Ryan being Ryan." He seems genuine, and that is what helps him connect with the average American viewer.
While it's true that Lochte is a bit aloof during interviews, you get the sense that he's a cool, fun-loving, nice guy. When I watch his interviews, I feel like he's the kind of guy that I want to be friends with and hangout with.
In this day and age, so many athletes and coaches come across as cocky or dishonest when they handle interview responses. With Lochte, you never get that feeling. He may not always make sense, but he'll always make you smile.
Lochte is a far cry from a terrible interview because he comes across as quite genuine and likeable. Even though he's 28 years old, his personality is child-like and laid-back.
That's why we can forgive head-scratching comments from Lochte like his thoughts on fashion, where he stated (1:40 mark of the video) his style is "A mixture between, like, rock star, slash, like, hip hop."
Is Ryan Lochte a terrible interview? Let me know in the comments.