This was such a sweet moment!
On Monday, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte performed an angelic contemporary dance in honor of his mother.
During rehearsals, he revealed to his dance partner, Cheryl Burke, that his most memorable year was 2008, when he won his first Olympic gold medal. Friends and family reminisced about his early years in swimming and the meet that inspired him to be faster and better than anyone else.
Though tears, Lochte described his emotions when he realized he had won the gold. “It was the happiest moment of my life,” he said.
Lochte and Burke took to the dance floor with a contemporary performance to the tune of “A Song For You” by Leon Russell.
“I want to dedicate this routine to my mom,” Lochte said. “Thanks for being you.”
At the end of the performance, Lochte ran off the stage and hugged his mother before turning to the judges.
Lochte and Burke walked away with 24 out of a possible 30 points.
“Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m.