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

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’s 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)