It looks like Ryan Lochte has inspired a lot of people…
oh, no — not with his Gold medal performances, but with his awesome AT&T commercial.
Olympics Fanatic Attempts Impromptu Swim From France to New York to Bring Spirit of Games to America
The unnamed man allegedly told his friends he wanted to swim to New York — 3,600 miles from Biarritz — to bring the Olympic spirit to America. His pals allowed him to pursue his endeavor, believing the declaration to be a joke.
But it quickly became apparent that the man was very serious: He jumped in the water and swam until he was out of sight. It was only then that lifeguards rushed out to rescue the wayward swimmer.
After some back-and-forth over his ability to actually made it to his destination, the man agrees to return to land.
“He was a bit naive,” Laurent Saintespes of the Biarritz airbase said. “But at a time when the Olympics are taking place in London you have to see the funny side of things.”