Four years, several endorsement deals and five gold medals later, everyone knows about the American swimmer's passion for grills, his self referential sunglasses, his pool-peeing habits and his less-than-stellar mathematical prowess.
But even back in 2008, this NBC interview managed to capture the glorious essence of Lochte wisdom.
Lochte on his grill: "It's kinda like a retainer. Just a really expensive shiny retainer."
Lochte on rocks: "If everyone else wanted to go, I don't know, play tag on the playground, I'd probably go throw rocks at something."
Lochte on art: "I'll start out with, like, a cloud at the top. Instead of, like you know how rain goes down, I'll have rain going up."
For bonus Lochte, here's Buzzfeed's genius super-cut of his best interview moments: