Conor Dwyer vs. Prince Harry

The Chicago-area native needs SOMEONE to race now that the Olympics are over

August 26, 2012|By Matt Lindner | For RedEye

For a guy who's partied in Las Vegas with the one Olympian seemingly everyone wants to do Vegas with, Winnetka native and Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer is awfully coy about what went on during his weekend in Sin City with Ryan Lochte.

After all, what happens in Vegas … right?

"Oh that was a good time to say the least, a good time," he said with a smile.

It's been a whirlwind three weeks for Dwyer since being a member of the gold medal-winning 800-meter relay that helped Michael Phelps set an Olympic record with his 19th medal. While quarterbacks have been known to buy watches or dinner for their offensive linemen, Dwyer said Phelps has made no such offer to his relay teammates for helping him make Olympic history.

Yet.

"I'm hoping he'll take me on a trip or something; we'll see though," Dwyer said.

Since getting back from London, he's been booked solid with appearances every day, including throwing out the first pitch before Saturday night's White Sox game, where RedEye caught up with him.

"There's a little bit of nerves throwing out the first pitch," he said. "The Olympics, it's a pretty big stage with a billion people watching. Here I'm more relaxed, just here to have a good time."

Speaking of good times, surely he got his share of bacchanalia in the Olympic village in London, which reportedly was a sexual free-for-all.

Or not. Dwyer said that contrary to popular belief, the dorms there weren't anything like some would have you believe.

"It was pretty serious for us while we were swimming," he said. "The last week it was a lot of fun. I don't think it was crazy as everyone made it out to be."

One thing Dwyer will admit to: being there the night of the infamous swim race that Lochte and company had with Britain's Prince Harry in a Las Vegas pool.

Dwyer cannot comment on the prince's, er, manhood, however.

"I wasn't there the night he got caught naked," he said quickly when asked. As for the prince's swimming skills, that's another story.

"He's decent," Dwyer said.

Dwyer also has become more popular with the ladies since becoming an Olympic champion.

While he's got a built-in pickup line in the form of the medal around his neck, Dwyer said he'd rather win over a woman's heart with his good looks and charm over his tales of Olympic glory.

"I don't like to bust it out like right off the bat, but on the social media aspect, there have been a couple girls, yeah," he said. "It's crazy, it was like a social media Olympics."

As for now, Dwyer's got another week at home in the Chicago area before heading back to his home in Gainesville, Fla., to train for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016. And while he did train with Lake Forest native and fellow Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers when they were younger, he hasn't done so in a long time because Grevers specializes in shorter races while Dwyer is more of a distance swimmer.

One thing is for certain: He won't be bringing his gold medal with him to Florida.

"I'll probably have my parents take care of it," he said.

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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