After making headlines in Sin City, Ryan Lochte is in New York City today for appearances on Today and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Matt Lauer grilled him this morning on his recent race with Prince Harry in a Las Vegas pool. “His people came over to my table and said, Hey, Prince Harry wants to meet you,’” Lochte says. “I was like, ‘Alright, yeah, let’s go meet him.’ So I went over there, met him. I was, like, fully clothed, so was he. He was like, ‘Hey, you want to do somethin’?’ I was like, ‘What?’ He was like, ‘You want to race me in the pool?’ I was like, ‘Alright, let’s go.’ I just took off my shirt, and we jumped in, and we just started racing.”
Lochte describes Prince Harry as a nice, talkative guy, but he’s relieved they didn’t become close enough friends for Harry to invite him to play strip billiards. “I’m kinda happy. I don’t need that,” he says.
The Olympian hasn’t been in a pool, for real, for three weeks — the longest he’s gone since he was 10-years-old. But he will resume training on Monday for the 2016 Games in Rio.