Jeah! Ryan Lochte will take you swimming to benefit Fashion for Sandy Relief
His Olympic swimming endeavors didn't work out quite as he had planned.
But Ryan Lochte can at least console himself with the fact that 2012 saw him break out as an unlikely fashion star.
Unlikely because he's not even vaguely fashionable, but a star nonetheless due to his pretty face, silly catchphrases (including Jeah! and Reezy - Ryan's nickname), flamboyant style statements (including a diamond-encrusted USA flag grill) and ability to not take himself too seriously.
And if his star turn on the cover of US Vogue was not proof alone that the fashion world had embraced him as an honorary member, confirmation came today with news that Lochte's services have been acquired by the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and Vogue, to help raise funds for their Fashion for Sandy relief initiative.
Trading the starting block for the auction block, one successful bidder and a guest will get the chance to join the five-time Olympic gold medallist for a morning swimming lesson plus lunch at one of his favorite spots.
Swimming with Lochte, valued at €24,768, is one of 180 once-in-a-lifetime experiences being offered via the Charitybuzz online auction site in response to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And the New Yorker is in very stylish company with fellow names offering their time including Manolo Blahnik, Grace Coddington, Tom Ford, Lady Gaga and Victoria Beckham.
If your backstroke could do with a brush-up, or if it's more Ryan's 'breaststroke' that interests you, place your bids before his lot closes on December 18.
By Belinda White, Telegraph.co.uk