It is the first time that most Olympians in London began partying since they started their training, and it was the gold medalists who were seen with their hair down, because the British capital is a perfect city for a night out.
In fact, Michael Phelps packed up his gold medals in a bag and took them for a night out on the town.
Fresh out of the pool, fellow swimming superstar 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte left his medals at home — it may have been hard to fit them into a London taxi full of friends as they all left a nightclub early Monday morning.
When all the tireless workouts and never-ending training sessions are over and the immense pressure is finally off, London becomes an Olympians party playground.
“These guys and girls haven’t really partied in the past six months or so, so once they go out, they’re going all out,” said Us Weekly’s Jen Peros.
With all their meets behind them, the U.S. swim team was out in full force. Phelps hit the town with his girlfriend, the aspiring model Megan Rossee, who recently tweeted a photo of the two of them with his medals.
Lochte was out again too, but when explaining who the mystery girl is in pictures snapped at 3:30 a.m. at London’s exclusive Chinawhite club, the answer turned out to be less incriminating: “That was my sister!” he replied.
“They did get pretty crazy. But you know, these of course are very mature people. They keep themselves in line,” Peros said.
From gold medal winner Brandon Hanson, who said that “everybody goes crazy and has a good time” to first-time Olympian Tyler Clary, who even played DJ, the athletes continue to party like crazy across London.