Poll: Was Ryan Lochte’s Tooth Grill Inappropriate?

The swimming champion’s signature move of biting down on his medals with diamond-encrusted tooth grills was prohibited by the Olympic rules.


Ryan Lochte, who two weeks ago bested rival Michael Phelps in the 400m individual medley, was allegedly informed by an Olympic official he could not sport his signature diamond-encrusted tooth grill at the award ceremony.

The official added that he would not be able to receive the Gold Medal if he wore the grill.

After the medal was given to him, however, Lochte took the grill out of his pocket and posed for the cameras in his signature style.

Lochte took to a video to defend the act.

“It’s a way of showing my unique personality to everyone,” said Lochte in the video.

The grill reportedly cost $25,000.

Editor's Note: The original article wrote that Lochte won the gold Saturday, when this was in fact two Saturdays ago.

What are your thoughts on Ryan Lochte's red, white and blue accessory? Vote, then tell us in the comments.



Jennifer van der Kleut August 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I'm all about expressing individuality, but I agree this is in poor taste. Diamond-encrusted grills = OK if you're a rapper, but not if you're an Olympic athlete who's supposed to be a role model for children all over the world. It's kind of a disgusting show of wealth being spent frivolously, IMHO.
Troy August 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I agree with Pacificat. =)
J. Mannie August 07, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Another case where I believe we are taking ourselves too seriously and projecting our views on other's freedoms and liberties. This is not a big deal; and, if he wants to wear that during his ceremony, after all his sacrifice and years of hard work, who does it hurt and why would the olympic committee or we in general feel justified denying him. That said, as with many liberties, just because one can doesn't mean one should. I'm sure it has been tough being in michael's shadow all these years, good for Ryan to have had his glory and moment in the spotlight, however he chose to use it.
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