Let’s All Remember That Time Ryan Lochte Said He Wanted To Be The Next Kim Kardashian…

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How the mighty have fallen — and how quickly, too!

Ryan Lochte nearly exited the 2016 Summer Olympics as one of the most decorated and respected American athletes… only he threw that all away when he decided to lie about an armed robbery in Rio de Janeiro.

However, we shouldn’t let one slip of the mind undo all those years of hard work, so we figured it would be the perfect Friday to flashback to Ryan in his prime:

Related: Michael Phelps Breaks His Silence On Ryan’s Rio Controversy!

The era of What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, of course!!!

Longtime Perezcious readers may recall that moment in 2013 when the 32-year-old swimmer admitted that his real dream in life was to become the next Kim Kardashian West.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about his own reality show three years ago, Ryan revealed his Kardashian desires, saying:

“Kim started from pretty much nothing, and now everyone everywhere knows who she is. That’s what I want to do. I’ve seen what [they’ve] done in the past with reality shows like hers. Today, she’s huge. When I walk down the street, people recognize me, and that never happened before. Now’s my chance.”

What’s crazy about all this is that the two icons actually shared the same network for a full season, so it wasn’t even that unreasonable of a wish!

Oh yeah — and if you unluckily missed out on Ryan’s humiliating E! docuseries back when it first aired… Esquire will be airing a marathon of every episode TONIGHT starting at 6 p.m. EST.

You’re welcome.

[Image via E!.]

Aug 19, 2016 4:51pm PDT

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