The US women鈥檚 gymnastics team may be solidifying their place as the new 鈥渋t鈥 #girlsquad while also becoming besties with celebs like Taylor Swift 鈥 oh yeah, and also competing in the world鈥檚 top sporting events 鈥 and fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte doesn鈥檛 want to be left out of the fun. But he鈥檚 not so interested in being buds with the stars when there are puppies to play with. And, really, who can blame him?!

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The 32-year-old newly white-haired (or, er, kinda green as the icky pool water has totally funked it up) gold medal-winning swimmer stopped by to hang with some pups for the Clear the Shelters campaign, a group that finds permanent homes for puppies in Southern California. Between eight and 10 weeks old (squee!), we spy a baby boxer, a little Labrador retriever and a curly-haired Maltese-shitzu mix named Gibson who all get some mighty cuddles as Ryan sports the biggest smile and nabs some sweet puppy kisses.

Seriously, though, look at the cute puppies! Look at Ryan鈥檚 face! OMG cuteness overload, Olympian-style!

Judges say: Gold medal for cuteness.

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(h/t Elite Daily; photos via Cindy Ord/Getty)