EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Lochte Talks Cuban Heritage & Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Behind those rock hard abs, killer biceps, and baby blue eyes is one lovable cubano swimmer! 

Eleven-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte stopped by New York City for the AmeriCares Swim For Relief event. The Latino hopped in the water to support fellow athlete, Diana Nyad, who swam for 48 hours straight at a pool in Herald Square to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. 

We caught up with the Cuban-American to talk about his favorite Latin American food, his work with charity, and more: 

Diana Nyad was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. Would you ever want to make the swim?

I wouldn’t mind trying it, just because I don’t mind a challenge. Physically, I don’t know that I’d be able to do that. I mean, you’re not just swimming from Cuba to Florida. A lot of factors come into play: you have waves, it’s gets really rough out there, currents, jellyfish, sharks. It’s tremendously hard. What she did is amazing!

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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