Dancing with the Stars Season 23 spoilers and predictions revealed that Ryan Lochte, 32, has almost given up his dancing career in the show after James Hinchcliffe defeated him in a dance match. However, his passionate partner, Cheryl Burke, 32, explained that the Olympian swimmer has done his best to catch up on the competition.
Known as one of the greatest swimmers of all time next to Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte has not exposed himself in the dance floor and made a series of eye contact with the judges and the audience at once. He used to swim in the water with no required attention to the viewers. So, performing on Dancing with the Stars Season 23 made him really nervous in every round.
Presently, the 32-year-old Olympian swimmer tasted the bitter-sweet taste of failure as the 29-year-old Canadian race car driver and a fellow star-dancer James Hinchcliffe defeated him during the team match. With that said, Radar Online shared photos that featured Ryan Lochte’s almost-giving-up face and the determined Cheryl Burke.
In response to rumors about the American swimmer’s plan to quit in the show, Burke stated that though there were rough times between them, she has always told Lochte that he does not need to give up in this once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase what he got.
“Before we dance, I tell him ‘you’re only dancing with me. We’re dancing for each other. Focus on what you have to do and keep your head up. And have fun with it! This is a once in a lifetime chance that you get. This is not just about learning how to dance and doing the best that you can; it’s about showing America who you truly are as a person,” she wrote for People (blog).
Furthermore, Burke added in her blog that her performance with Lochte has also inspired her despite the ongoing drama in the show. With her comeback since 2006, she stated that she’s never been this happy in helping someone to keep his heads up.
In Dancing with the Stars Season 23, she taught Lochte the value of self-worth amid enraged protesters and self-confidence outside his comfort zone, the swimming pool.
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