Single and Ready to Mingle: Ryan Lochte Says He Doesn't Have a Girlfriend After Cuddling with Playboy Playmate
Ryan Lochte is single and ready to mingle.
Now that the second most-decorated male swimmer of all time has finished his last competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics, he has time for some long-overdue relaxation. But first, he’s going to spend time on Tinder.
Despite cozying up to Playboy Playmate Kayla Rae Reid at the Rio Games last week, Lochte told the Today team that doesn’t have a girlfriend – and that his Tinder account is active.
“It is verified,” he said, when questioned of his Tinder plans.
Of course, Lochte’s not the only Olympian on Tinder. Since the Rio Olympics began this past weekend, matches are up 129 percent and swipes are up 69 percent in the Olympic village, according to the company.
So just who will Lochte be targeting now that he has the time to focus on it?
“The word around the village is the beach volleyball players,” he confessed, adding that has changed since the 2012 London Olympics.
“From what I recall back in 2012, the Netherlands’ field hockey [team] – that was a big hit in 2012.”
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While he hasn’t spent time with either teams yet, Lochte says he expects that to change soon.
“I haven’t been able … to see them around,” he said. “Now that I’m available …”
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On the road to Rio, Lochte previously said he had be swiping right on Tinder a lot, “matching up with a bunch of gorgeous women who are smart” with “professional jobs and everything.”
Lochte previously documented his search for love on his short-lived E! reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?. As for what he’s looking for in a girlfriend, the gold medal-winning athlete previously told PEOPLE he was looking for someone who could make him laugh.
“Honestly, if she can make me laugh, then I’m pretty much sold,” he said. “If she’s not funny, she’s taking life too seriously and that’s definitely not how I live my life. I have fun in any aspect of life.”
He also added that it was sometimes hard to find a woman who could keep up with the demanding lifestyle of a world-class swimmer.
“I’m an Olympic athlete, and there are a lot of demands I have that go on in my life,” he said. “I’m always on the road. If [women are] always depending on me to help them, or they’re not independent, that’s a big turnoff.”