Lochte, along with partner Cheryl Burke, were eliminated from the show on Monday. The pair along with six other competitors performed a Halloween-themed routine. Co-host Erin Andrews asked Lochte what he had learned from the time spent on the show.
“I learned a lot about myself, that I could – that no matter how hard I get knocked down I can keep fighting. I’m sad I’m going home but everyone here has touched me in a special place right here” – said Lochte afterward.
Lochte joined the show in hopes of redeeming his reputation after the Rio scandal in which he and three teammates faked a story about a robbery at a gas station. USA swimming gave him a 10-month ban which he’s currently serving. On his “Dancing With the Stars” debut two protesters stormed the ballroom floor wearing anti-Lochte t-shirts.
The dance off: The winner of each match-up got extra 3 points
Monday night scores
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough – 23
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber – 24
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke – 23+3
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko – 27+3
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold – 30
Laurin Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 30+3
James Hinchcliffe and Jenna Johnson – 30+5