Olympian Ryan Lochte was a slow starter on "Dancing With The Stars" thanks to anti-Lochte protesters and some issues with dance posture. The gold medal swimmer got himself in hot water at the Rio 2016 Olympics and saw DWTS as a way to fix his tarnished reputation but haters wanted him off the celebrity dance competition. Lochte says he was about to quit till friends and family convinced him to stay. His partner Cheryl Burke gave him tips on improving postural issues and Lochte used lessons learned in the pool to hone his dancing.

Anti-Lochte demonstrators storm the stage

Everyone on DWTS was shocked when protesters wearing T-shirts defaming the fallen Olympian took to the dance stage. Lochte had just finished his first dance with Cheryl Burke and the duo were hearing their critique by judge Carrie Ann Inaba. At first the gold medalist thought it was a joke or part of the act. But when security intervened he realized it was for real. The chagrined young man figured he'd better pull out so his mom and partner Cheryl didn't face further humiliation.

But Lochte's mom talked him out of it saying he was no quitter.

Swimming doesn't partner well with dancing

Lochte says that he's spent 26 years perfecting his stroke but unfortunately pool body position does not translate well to dance posture. Both sports require total body involvement as opposed to those which work mostly only legs or arms. But they work the body differently. For DWTS, Lochte has to basically unlearn a lot of his swimming techniques and learn how to move on the dance floor.

Use the agony of defeat to fuel victory

There were some useful takeaways the Olympic swimmer could apply to "Dancing With The Stars" and that was to use the emotions. swim meets notoriously often end in tears, even when swimmers have performed well. The terrific energy spent in the pool depletes blood sugar and produces hunger akin to starvation. Swimming floods the body with adrenaline (natural "steroids") hormones and endorphins.

When finished, the swimmer has euphoric highs followed by a blood sugar crash. These sensations are magnified one hundredfold in the Olympics. Lochte knows all of these feelings and how to channel them to stay positive even in defeat.

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