SPARKLING SMILE

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United States' Ryan Lochte poses with his gold medal for the men's 400-meter individual medley swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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United States' Ryan Lochte poses with his gold medal for the men's 400-meter individual medley swimming …

Those aren't pearly whites sparkling when U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte breaks out a smile. They're diamonds.

Lochte popped in his grillz — diamond-studded mouth jewelry — for the victory ceremony after winning a gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley.

And Lochte is hoping to win some more medals to go with his precious stones.

"This is my year," Lochte said. "I know it and I feel it, because I've put in hard work. I've trained my butt off for four years ... and there's no better way to start this Olympics off than getting gold."

— Paul Newberry — Twitter www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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