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2016 Team USA Media Summit - Portraits
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07: Swimmer Ryan Lochte poses for a portrait at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Sean M. Haffey—Getty Images

Ryan Lochte Unveils Dramatic New Hair for Rio Olympics 2016

Aug 01, 2016

Ryan Lochte is really into switching up his hair. Swimming's reformed party boy and all-star says he's ready for Rio's Olympics, which kick off on Friday, and he'll be attending the games with an unexpected new look.

The 11-time Olympic medalist first took to social media over the weekend to share his updated hairstyle, a shocking bleached short cut with pale silver-blue tones. It's quite striking against his tan (perk of spending all that time in a pool) and bright blue eyes. But why the blue? The swimming sensation has stayed mum on his rationale behind the switch-up so far, but we can certainly speculate: maybe he wanted to get the merman vibes going. Maybe he was inspired by Kylie Jenner. Or maybe it's a patriotic nod. You decide:

Rio ready!! 🛫 #2016 #olympics #usa 📷 by @RaymondMcCrea

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Lochte and his Atlanta-based hair stylist documented the dye process on their Instagrams, including a necessary snack break...

Me hungry!! @jennjonesatl #newlook #dye

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... and a mid-process selfie.

This happened! @ryanlochte #oway #organichaircolor #bestcoloristatlanta #rioolympics2016

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He didn't undertake this adventure into the bleached-hair waters alone, however. His Olympic teammate Jimmy Feigen joined the blue crew, too.

New look.... Here We Go #Rio #2016 thanks @jennjonesatl #turnup #lightblue

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Lochte may say he's "Rio ready" and "more mature" than ever — but really, is Rio ready for him and his trendy ice-blue hair? Only a few days until we find out.

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