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Mon Aug 6 22:06:09 UTC 2012
To be honest, it did not even occur to me when looking at Lochte's photo
that he was wearing jewelry. I thought it was some sort of braces.
On 8/5/2012 11:46 PM, Garson O'Toole wrote:
> Here is an excerpt that mentions the creator of the grill.
> Title: Acclaimed Grill-Creating Rapper Paul Wall Designed Ryan
> Lochte’s Mouth Jewelry
> Author: Evan Sporer
> Pasting date and time: 10:44 am, August 1st, 2012
> Website: Sports Grid
> [Begin excerpt]
> Ryan Lochte was wearing metal by the pool even before he won his first
> race in London at the Olympics. The 27-year-old American-born swimmer
> has been wearing grills throughout the 2012 Games, designed by none
> other than one of the pioneers of icy mouthware, rapper Paul Wall.
> But Lochte’s grill sparked some controversy, according to ESPN
> reporter Wayne Drehs.
> Lochte told me he tried to wear his grill on the podium only to
> have an Olympics official tell him if he did so he wouldn’t get his
> — Wayne Drehs (@espnWD) July 28, 2012
> Then, XXL Mag learned that it was Wall, along with
> partner-in-grill-making TV Jonny, who designed the grill for Lochte.
> “The grill he’s wearing is all hand-prong set, all VS diamonds and
> custom red rubies,” Paul Wall said. “What he has in his mouth is all
> hand crafted. Every diamond is set by hand—one by one, prong set and
> all custom red rubies. Of course we gave him an Olympic discount.”
> Although Wall didn’t disclose the exact price tag of Lochte’s
> particular grill, he did mention that such a customized mouthpiece can
> run “anywhere from $15,000-$25,000.”
> [End excerpt]
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