Ryan Lochte Swims In Hudson River For ‘World’s Most Epic Pizza Delivery’
Ryan Lochte took a break from the swimming pool to take a dip in New York City’s famously filthy Hudson River while shooting a promo for snack brand Combos on Tuesday.
Outfitted in a wetsuit, Lochte performed what was being hailed as “the world’s most epic pizza delivery." What did that entail exactly? The 11-time Olympic medalist leapt off a ferry and into the Hudson with a bright red bag filled with pizzeria pretzel flavored Combos, and swam roughly 100 yards to shore to make the “pizza” delivery. Lochte seemed to labor through the river, hindered by the bulky bag attached to his back.
Lochte, whose reality show What Would Ryan Lochte Do? aired in the Spring, proved he’s up for any kind of challenge – in or out of the water – as long as he feels like it lives up to his credo of being different.
“It was a unique opportunity so I had to take it,” Lochte told USA Today’s For The Win.“Combos came up with the idea of doing something epic. Doing something totally different. Delivering pizzeria pretzel Combos. I was like ‘sign me up.”
Although voluntarily swimming through the Hudson doesn’t seem like the easiest thing to do, especially with a Combo delivery riding on your shoulders, Lochte says the task was nothing to him. "I've never swam through the Hudson,” Lochte admitted to CNBC before adding, “But you know what, if there's water, it's a piece of cake.”
Lochte seems keen to continue riding the wave of notoriety that’s seen him receive numerous gigs, including the poorly received show on E!, as long and in as many ways as possible. In fact, the standout swimmer wouldn’t mind at all being on the big screen.
"If someone asked me to be in a movie, I'd be more than happy,” he admitted.
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