Article written by: Asmara Wreksono
Posted on: July 31, 2012
It turns out that wearing a badass grill is not the way to receive a medal in the Olympics, even if you’ve already taken home the gold. Ask swimmer Ryan Lochte, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley. He was not allowed to wear his grill when he received his medal.
Wayne Drehs from ESPN.com tweeted that Olympic officials were not on board with the idea of Lochte wearing his grill while receiving his medal:
Lochte told me he tried to wear his grill on the podium, only to have an Olympic official tell him if he did so, he wouldn’t get his gold. — Wayne Drehs (@espnWD) July 28, 2012
There’s no clear reasoning behind the IOC’s official telling Lochte not to wear his grill, and this has sparked controversy. Lochte obviously got rapper Paul Wall’s support via Twitter:
Congrats @ryanlochte reppin #TeamUSA larrybrownsports.com/olympics/ryan-… — Paul Wall (@paulwallbaby) July 29, 2012
Funk Master Flex also tweeted his support:
#IFWT (Photo) Olympic Swimming: Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte Rocks Iced Out USA Grill – ow.ly/1OnIZD — Funk Flex !!!!!(@funkmasterflex) July 29, 2012
USA TODAY Sports also took an Instagram picture of Lochte’s mouth ice:
Just Ryan Lochte with his gold medal and iced out grill instagr.am/p/No1pAknLMC/ — USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) July 28, 2012
Do you think Olympic officials are just over-reacting, or do you think grills are inappropriate? Discuss!
Image from USATODAY’s Instagram
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