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Ryan Lochte Preparing For New Reality Show on E!

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Kelly Whiteside, USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold medalist, talks about parodies, waxing over shaving,and other oddities.

These are all topics he will discuss in his new E! reality show, 'What Would Ryan Lochte Do?'.

Those who know Ryan Lochte only for his Olympic medals (or his abs) are about to learn a lot more when his new E! reality show premiers Sunday.

So what will hardcore fans discover that they didn't know? "You'll see how I evolve in dating girls," Lochte told USA TODAY Sports. "When the show started out I was kinda a guy that would go to a bar, go to a restaurant, anywhere, and I'd pick out the most good looking woman and go over to her and start talking to her. And ask her out on a date.

"As the show went on, you see me evolve into like I don't want that anymore. I want to have a base. I want to get to know a woman before I take them out on a date or anything like that."

So does that mean Lochte is all grown up by the series' end?

"Uh, still baby steps," he said.

His show What Would Ryan Lochte Do? follows Lochte as he looks for love, develops his fashion line and spends time with his family. Still, Lochte said it will be "kinda weird" to watch his own reality show.

"I don't really need to watch it because I kinda lived it," he said.

Lochte also hopes the show builds greater interest in swimming. "People know me because of the Olympics and the whole big rivalry with Michael Phelps that went worldwide," Lochte said. "I'm definitely going to get noticed a lot more. And I'm OK with that. Knowing the passion I have for swimming, who knows? They might want to look into swimming themselves."

Most will tune it for the fun -- and perhaps the spectacle, as two hosts on Good Day Philadelphia experienced Thursday when they interviewed Lochte live. As the Fox morning show ran clips of Lochte dancing and drinking, one anchor asked how he can party and train for the 2016 Olympics.

"If you're a man at night you have to be a man in the morning," Lochte explains as only he can.

After Lochte is off air, hosts Sheinelle Jones and Mike Jerrick review all that was just said and lose it. Jones laughs so hard, she cries.

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