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Ryan Lochte's post-race grill shines with stars and stripes

7:59 PM, Jul 28, 2012   |    comments
  • US swimmer Ryan Lochte poses on the podium with the gold medal after winning the men's 400m individual medley swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)
  • US swimmer Ryan Lochte poses with his dental braces bearing the US flag and his gold medal after winning the men's 400m individual medley swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)
    
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By Tim Gardner, USA TODAY
Ryan Lochte likes to celebrate in style.

The American Olympic swimmer, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley in London on Saturday, stepped up to the medal podium with a new piece of mouthware, a Stars-and-Stripes "grill" across his top front teeth.

And it isn't the first time Lochte has claimed his prize with some glitz in his grill.

He wore a similar grill in Shangai last year when he took the medal podium in the FINA World Championships. That grill was simply diamond-studded, not decked out with the colors of the American flag.

In a Speedo video posted on YouTube in June, Lochte explains the look:

"For those who don't know what a grill is, it's basically a retainer filled with diamonds. ... I wear it when I go on the podium. It's just a unique way of showing my personality out to everyone."

Lochte doesn't keep his flair limited to his teeth. At the Olympic qualifying meet a few weeks ago, Lochte tweeted out an image of some special shoes he wore. One sneaker had stars and one had stripes and both kicks had wings hanging off the back. Later that week, he rocked some bright green kicks on the medal podium.

So if Lochte keeps piling up the medals in London, who knows what we'll see next?

USA TODAY

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