Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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London Olympic news and notes: A Ryan Lochte reality show? ... What's up with those yellow sneakers and the synchronized swimmers' hair?

It can't be worse than the Kardashians

His mother talks openly about his sex life, he has admitted to urinating in the competition pool, the knee-jerk Internet gossip machine romantically linked him with his sister and he wears diamond-encrusted American flag grills on his teeth. Who wouldn't watch a reality show starring swimming stud Ryan Lochte? "I cannot tell you the exact shows, but two different reality show concepts have been offered and one additional is being discussed," Erika Wright, agent for the five-time London medalist and former Florida Gator, tells the Hollywood Reporter. Also, Lochte, 28, told reporters in London he could see himself competing on Dancing With the Stars and it would be especially cool if he could do it against buddy Michael Phelps.

Inside Sodom and Gomorrah

The athletes village — home of free McDonald's food and randy athlete behavior, if you believe the stories many of them tell — is off limits to the media. But Bloomberg News reporter Farah Nayeri got in as a "stealth guest" of an athlete and gave a glimpse of what it is like: In the 24-hour cafeteria, open crates of oranges, bananas and apples are everywhere, and counters are full of dried fruit and nuts, sliced pineapple and crudites. There is a fitness center with treadmills that have screens embedded in them for watching TV, emails or social media. Past a security checkpoint is an outer rim of a minisupermarket, a florist, a post office and a dry cleaner, all free. A Procter & Gamble (Olympic sponsor) beauty salon gives free facials, haircuts and makeovers. But Nayeri saw no signs of the much-talked-about sexcapades: "This is an extremely serious, focused bunch, and I've sensed no sexual tension in the air."

Nerve attack

Frank Viola won a World Series in which he pitched Game 7 and was named Series MVP. And he told the world Wednesday that was nothing compared with the prospect of watching his daughter Brittany compete in the Olympics. "On way to dive well. Thanks to everyone for their support. More butterflies now than before 87 Game 7!" he wrote on Twitter before the preliminaries of the platform competition. Brittany, 25, who attended Orlando Lake Highland Prep and the University of Miami, finished 14th and advanced to today's semifinal. Frank, 52, is a pitching coach for the New York Mets' Class A team in Savannah, Ga.; the Mets gave him six days off to go to London to watch Brittany. "I'm enjoying this as much as her," he said.

Readers ask us

What's the deal with the yellow athletic shoes that so many of the Olympians are wearing?

Those are from Nike, which outfits the U.S. track and field team. Nike also made the green sneakers the U.S. swimmers wore for their medal ceremonies. Nike provided the medal-ceremony outfits for the entire U.S. Olympic team.

What do the synchronized swimmers have over their hair? It looks like they are wrapped in plastic wrap.

Synchronized swimmers like to keep their hair in place with unflavored gelatin heated into liquid and painted on the hair with a paintbrush.

It wasn't covered in nail tech school

Flag manicures and pedicures are among the many services provided in the athletes village. One of the nail technicians says the hardest flags to paint on nails are Kiribati's and American Samoa's.

Compiled by Times staff writer Sharon Fink, from the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, the Hollywood Reporter.

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