With the 2012 Summer Olympics in full swing, one Olympian has separated himself from the pack. Half-Cuban gold medalist Ryan Lochte has taken the world by storm, captivating everyone with his good looks and his superior athletic abilities. The swimmer has quickly become a crowd favorite, particularly among the ladies, many of whom have taken to Twitter to pronounce their undying love. Not that I blame them…he is insanely good-looking. But there's more to him than what meets the eye! Below, 6 things you didn't know about Lochte:

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  1. He loves bling! Lochte beat Michael Phelps and received his first gold in the 400 meter race at this summer's Olympic games, but apparently, he came very close to not receiving his medal. Why? Lochte sported an American flag diamond grill on his teeth after the announcements, but officials informed him he wouldn't be given his prize if he wore it on the podium. So he just took it off and then put it back on after receiving his medal!
  2. He's an avid shoe collector. Lochte told the New York Times that he owns about 130 pairs of sneakers. He has his own shoe line for Speedo, some of which are encrusted with emerald rhinestones. He also tweeted out a picture of himself wearing high tops with star-spangled wings at the Olympic trials.
  3. He's always been competitive. At only 3 years old, Lochte says he would orchestrate milk chugging contests with his dad while eating breakfast at the table. That's probably the spirit that helped him get through a brutal training schedule, which involves swimming 70,000 meters weekly.
  4. He has a unique sense of style (as evidenced by the bling and sneakers), so it's no wonder his dream is to eventually design his own line. "I want to be different, and fashion gives me that outlet to do that," Lochte told the New York Times.
  5. He's not just a swimmer. Lochte also loves playing basketball, surfing and skateboarding, although his coach, Gregg Troy, forbade him from skydiving.  
  6. He's afraid of snakes and spiders--but his biggest fear? Not being a good dad. "I'm afraid of being a bad father," he told ESPN. "That would be terrifying if I wasn't able to support my kids and give them everything they want." Hot AND sensitive. We love!

 Are you cheering for Lochte in the Olympics? Tell us in the comments below!

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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