Ryan Lochte is definitely getting in touch with his sensitive side this season of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ The Olympian admits in a sneak peek of tonight’s episode that he’s dedicating his dance to his mother, who he wants to thank for always being there. Aww!
“Having my mom, my family right there in the stands, watching all my dreams come true, that is definitely something I am definitely going to remember,” Ryan Lochte tells partner Cheryl Burke in the sneak peek, posted by E! Online. This week is “Most Memorable Year” week, in which he chooses 2008, the year he won his first gold medal.
“I want to dedicate this routine to my mom because there’s not enough things I can do to show my appreciation to my mom. This is just a little, little, small token to say thank you mom. Thanks for being there,” he says in the clip, clearly getting chocked up before taking the floor for a contemporary dance to Leon Russell‘s “A Song for You.”
We know his relationship with his mom is extremely important to him. Following protestors crashing the stage during week one, Ryan broke down over seeing his mother.
“With mom being in the stands, she saw her son go through that and then Cheryl . . I didn’t want that for anyone, so after that happened, I was like, ‘I’m just going to quit. I don’t want this for the show,’” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I was just going to hang it up, but then talking with [Cheryl] and talking with my family, they really stuck behind me and said, ‘You got to keep doing this. You’re a fighter. You don’t quit.'”
Tune in to Dancing with the Stars on ABC at 8PM ET.