Ryan Lochte, fresh from his performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics, is taking his talents into another arena: television. Lochte has landed a gig on the CW’s teen-oriented drama 90210, according to the folks at The Hollywood Reporter. Not surprisingly, Lochte is rumored to play himself in the upcoming episode, which is currently slated to air on October 29.
“When we found out Ryan Lochte was going to be in town and might appear on 90210, we felt like we’d won a gold medal! Team USA are all-stars in our book, and we’re so excited he’s making an appearance on the show. We only wish the episode was a surf event so we could have gotten him in the water, but he deserves a little rest on dry land,” executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen explained in a joint statement. Honestly, I’m a little surprised execs didn’t tailor the episode around the swimmer’s strengths.
THR states that Lochte will show up during an episode which finds Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) and Max (Josh Zuckerman) staying at a resort to improve their relationship. Given Lochte’s reputation with the ladies, I’m assuming he’s not there to strength the young couple’s bond.
The rest of 2012 seems to be shaping up just fine for Lochte, who scored five medals during his time in London. In addition to appearing on the CW’s 90210, the Olympic swimmer is also hoping to particpate in both The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars. Ryan, apparently, fully understands that one must always strike while the iron is hot, so to speak.
“I’m definitely looking towards Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, so we’ll see what happens,” he reportedly told E! Online. His agent is already fielding a number of offers, so it will be interesting to see what else Lochte manages to book between now and the end of the year.