Next time Ryan Lochte takes on the “Dancing With the Stars” dance floor, he’ll have extra pep in his step. He liked and so he put a ring on it! Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is officially off the market. Lochte proposed to his girlfriend of nine months and Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid.

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The 32-year-old swimmer got on bended knee and popped the question during a sunset in Malibu Canyon. He made the announcement public via an Instagram post captioned, “memories forever!!!” He also used the hashtag #thelochtes. The photo, showing the couple kissing with an ocean view backdrop, was posted Sunday to his one million followers. Lochte’s fiancé also took to Instagram to show off the bling and post her excitement and captioned a photo saying she was speechless. The engagement surprised many Lochte fans because many didn’t know he was taken during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Ryan Lochte Is Engaged to Playboy Model Kayla Rae Reid: See Her Ring ...- xanianews.com
Ryan Lochte Is Engaged to Playboy Model Kayla Rae Reid: See Her Ring ...- xanianews.com

Lochte and Reid met in Los Angeles 

The newly Engaged couple met this year at a Los Angeles nightclub in January. Lochte says Reid has been one of his biggest supporters. Reid stuck by Lochte’s side after his scandal in Rio where he lied about getting robbed at gunpoint. Security footage later debunked his claims. The twelve-time Olympic medalist says she also encouraged him to continue to compete for the Mirrorball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars” after two men ran on stage to protest the athlete. The two men were quickly taken down by security.

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The swimmer was unharmed during the incident. 

What does Lochte's family think?

In an interview with USA Today, Lochte says his decision to take his relationship to the next level after just dating less than a year concerned his family. Lochte's family asked him if it was too soon to ask for Reid's hand in marriage. He responded with, "Can you put a time on love? Can you?"

Lochte has his eyes on the prize 

Lochte says he wanted to join season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars” to bounce back after his Rio scandal.

He’s currently vying for the coveted Mirrorball trophy with partner Cheryl Burke. There's no doubt Reid will continue cheering him on the sidelines. Viewers can catch Lochte put on his dancing shoes Mondays at 8/7 central on ABC. 

Congratulations on their new chapter!

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