Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte Tells Seacrest He Pees in the Pool, and Other Medal-Winner TMI
In interviews and on Twitter, the athletes are more up close and personal than ever before.
The Olympics athletes this year are making just as many headlines for what they do out of the arena as they do during competition.
From bathroom habits to personal finances, it appears that few topics are off-limits as Olympic champions give interviews and hit Twitter.
Here are five Olympians who have recently raised eyebrows by oversharing intimate details of their lives.
Ryan Lochte's Urination Reveal
The swimmer, um, leaked some information about his bathroom habits Friday in a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest. When the host asked whether any of the athletes urinate in the pool, Lochte was candid in his reply.
"Of course," he said. "I think there’s just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go."
While Lochte said he refrained from urinating during competition, he didn't hold back at other times. "[I didn't] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up," he said.
Lochte, who turned 28 on Friday, won five medals at the London Games.
Lochte's Dating Habits
The swimmer is nothing if not honest. He also admitted to ESPN last month that he was hoping to see some action outside of the swimming pool while in London.
"My last Olympics, I had a girlfriend -- big mistake," he said. "Now I'm single, so London should be really good. I'm excited."
Even his mother, Ike Lochte, isn't above talking about Lochte's dating habits, telling Today.com last week: "He goes out on one-night stands. He's not able to give fully to a relationship because he's always on the go."
But Lochte and his mother later said the quotes were taken out of context. For her part, Ike said she was only trying to convey that he doesn't have time to date. "All I wanted to say is that he's so sensitive about not wanting to hurt a girl dating, so he just goes and dates and takes out a girl for maybe one or two dates and doesn't have a relationship because he doesn't have (time) and it's not fair to the women," she told USA Today.
Lochte also came to her defense.
"I knew how the media was going to take it, and I knew what my mom really meant," he added. "She's new to the whole media (experience), so she didn't really understand that they were going to twist it and make it bad. She definitely was like, 'Why would they do that?' She is so oblivious to everything."
Gabby Douglas' Mother's Bankruptcy Filing
Gabby Douglas, who on Thursday became only the fourth American gymast to win the gold medal in the women's all-around competition, has throughout the London Games repeatedly talked about the sacrifices her family made as she pursued her dream. On Sunday, TMZ revealed the extent of her family's sacrifice.
The website reported that just a few months ago, Douglas' mother, Natalie Hawkins, filed for banktruptcy in Virginia. The Chapter 13 filing shows that Hawkins, who had been on a limited income since going on long-term medical disability in 2009, had assets that amounted to $163,706.10, while her debt stood at $79,754.14. Among the money she owes is $408 to an orthodontist in Iowa, where Douglas spent the past two years training, and $4,350.23 in student loans. (Chapter 13 banktruptcy allows people to reorganize their finances and make monthly payments over several years.)
"It's my story, it's part of me. I'm not even embarrassed about it," Hawkins told reporters Sunday in London. "It shows that even though I didn't like to have to do it, I'm glad there was something there for me to be able to protect my home."
It's likely that Douglas' family won't have to struggle anymore as her two medal wins -- she also took a gold Tuesday with Team USA in the team competition -- will likely garner her millions in endorsements, including a deal announced Friday that puts her image on the front of Kellogg's Corn Flakes boxes.
Kerri Walsh's Ice Bath
After Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor advanced to the beach volleyball quarterfinals on Saturday with a win over a team from the Netherlands, Walsh Jennings tweeted a photo of herself -- in the bathtub.
n the photo, Walsh Jennings, who has 77,000 followers, is seen sitting in a bathtub filled with water and ice while wearing her uniform and giving the thumbs-up sign.
Of the picture, she wrote: "The things we do!!! Post game ice bath."
Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor, who have won gold medals at two previous Olympics, next play Beijing bronze medalists Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China.
Michael Phelps' Sleeping Habits
The swimmer, who in London became the most decorated Olympian ever with 22 career medals, has actively tweeted throughout the Games. He frequently tweets message of appreciation to fans and fellow Olympians who have congratulated him on his wins.
Phelps also likes to let his 1.1 million followers know about such exciting moments in his life as when President Obama called him to offer congratulations ... and when he's about to go to sleep.
"Nap time," he wrote note once but twice, on July 30 and Aug. 1.
He expanded on that thought on two other occasions, including this Aug. 2 tweet: "Last prelim swim complete... 2 big ones tonight... Nap time now..." (The normal routine for competitive swimmers is to take part in the preliminary races in the morning, followed by an afternoon nap, with the finals taking place at night.)
And on July 25, he weighed in on the fire alarm that woke him and several other American hopefuls up in their London hotel: "Well I have always had a prob with waking up from naps... But not possible to sleep through that fire alarm..."
Blair Evans' Skimpy Outfit
On Friday, the Australian swimmer apparently had nothing better to do than hang out with teammate Stephanie Rice -- while not wearing much.
Evans sent out a picture to her 5,000 followers that shows her and Rice lying down on what appears to be a couch. While Rice is fully dressed, Evans is shown from the waist down wearing skimpy bottoms, with a top that leaves her stomach exposed.
"@itsstephrice and I being big losers on a Friday night," she tweeted. "#awesome #killingit #goodgirls"
In response, her followers wrote such messages as "nice legs" and "Lochte is a lucky dude if I must say so myself..." (Several news outlets have reported rumors that the two Olympic swimmers are now dating.)
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