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Are You Over Ryan Lochte? (VOTE)

08/10/2012 12:59 pm ET

It's hard to believe that a week and a half ago, we had no idea who Ryan Lochte was.

That changed with his dramatic victory in London in the 400-meter individual medley. With a time of 4:05:18, the second best time ever for the event, he beat his home-team rival Michael Phelps, now the most decorated Olympian of all time, and almost beat Phelps' world record time in the event.

Viewers -- and our commenters -- took notice. Not only did Lochte upset the "Baltimore Bullet," but, as HuffPost Women Associate Editor Emma Gray put it, he's "pretty pretty."

We were all set to adore him. Then he started talking to the press. His Zoolander-deep thoughts on dating and women were "The Situation"-level ridiculous, but it might have been the revelation his mom, Ike Lochte, made on the "Today" show that, "He goes out on one-night stands. He’s not able to give fully to a relationship because he’s always on the go." that established him as our new favorite reality TV star -- minus the reality TV show.

Is Lochte a dreamboat or an idiot? According to our commenters, both.

While many of you seem to agree that outwardly the boy is a catch, you wonder about what's going on under the hood, if anything.

LOOK: Your Comments On Ryan Lochte

LOOK: Your Comments On Ryan Lochte

In an article we published on August 1 outlining many of the Olympian's most memorable quotes, many of you wondered if he spent so much time training to the detriment of his personal development.

When we pitted Lochte against one of our favorite Ryans and unofficial mascot, Ryan Gosling, in the battle for our hearts, many of you declared Gosling the clear winner -- but not for his looks. You said Goslings intelligence and demonstrated respect for others made him #1.

A few commenters came to Lochte's defense, though, saying that for every one-night stand Lochte had, a woman was also involved. Shouldn't she be held accountable too?

Or should anyone be held accountable at all? some of you asked. As a single 20-something, why should Lochte have to be monogamous, much less abstinent until marriage, as other commenters suggested? He is old enough to make his own decisions about how he lives his life.

Some of you suggested that we should instead be asking whether or not Lochte is being safe, whether he respects women and perhaps whether or not his mother should know -- and be speaking on national TV -- about his sex life.

Many of you said it's good for men to be closer to their mothers -- but not too close. A son deserves some privacy. And, even when mother and son get too close, some things need to be left unsaid, at least to reporters and major media outlets.

What do you think? Are you over Ryan Lochte -- or would you like to see more? Can he ever reconcile who he is with how we as women view him?

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