The London 2012 Olympic Games are set to restart a red-hot rivalry between two of Team USA’s top men’s swimmers: Florida’s own Ryan Lochte and 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.
Just ahead of the opening ceremony, Ileana “Ike” Lochte was one of several Olympic moms on hand at Proctor & Gamble's "Home Away From Home" set up in East London's Olympic Village.
Even a virtual touch of her son Ryan's face left her a little giggly.
“I'm great, very proud to be here, and very proud of my son,” she said.
The consumer company's cozy comfort zone allows moms like her to keep track of their Olympic offspring through technology.
With the Olympic Summer Games now hours away, the world wants to know if Mrs. Lochte has any last words leading up to the first of Ryan Lochte's highly hyped matchups against Phelps on Saturday.
“You can't ask me that question,” she said.
With three gold medals already from his two previous Olympics, Ryan Lochte is heavily favored to come home with even more hardware.
He's been working hard for them, bulking up to take on Phelps.
“I've been getting a lot stronger. I can pull a lot more water than I ever could before,” he’s said.
But no matter how hard he works out, Ike Lochte told NBC 6 recently, her son will always make room for his grandmother's Cuban home cooking.
“He has picadillo, he has ropa vieja, anything that he wants, my mother says, okay. Croquetas?!” she said.