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Ryan Lochte Talks Prince Harry Pool Party
Prince Harry learned this week that what happens in Vegas, lives forever on the internet after nude photos of the British Royal made headlines the world over, and now Ryan Lochte is opening up about his time with the Prince in the hours before the balls came out. As in billiards. Get your head out of the gutter, people!
Prior to Harry's private party, he was living it up poolside at Azure at The Palazzo -- the same place Ryan Lochte was celebrating his belated birthday. "His people came over to my table and said, 'Prince Harry wants to meet you,'" Ryan recounted on the Today show. "I was like, 'Lets meet him!' I went over there. I was fully clothed, and he says, 'You wanna race me in the pool?' I took off my shirt, jumped in and we started racing."
And his first impressions of the Prince were super positive. "He's really a nice guy. Really talkative. He just wanted to meet me – and honestly, wanted to race me. I thought that was the coolest thing," Ryan chuckled.
Matt Lauer then asked if Harry extended Ryan an invite to his now-infamous game of strip billiards. "No, no, he never said anything like that. After our race, we went our separate ways," Ryan said before expressing his relief at not being asked to join. "I’m kind of happy [he didn't invite me], I don't need that."
While there have been a few drawbacks from their time together for Prince Harry, Ryan says it was an excellent experience -- and one he's using as motivation! "After racing Prince Harry, I got that competitive edge in me, I want to get back in the water," The Olympian said of the unprecedented three-week swimming break he's on.
Lochte also declared that his newfound celebrity status won't deter him from being in tip-top shape for the 2016 Rio Games. "The training that I've been doing these past 8 years, I have a good background. I know I'm able to do other things I wasn't able to do before, like acting." An experience he calls stressful. "The whole acting thing is nerve-wracking. I can swim in front of 1000 people no problem, but acting, it's hard."