This past weekend, therapy dogs came out to help America's finest swimmers at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
A group of therapy dogs from a local organization called Domesti-PUPS, attended the Olympic Trials and comforted swimmers in the athlete lounge. According to SwimSwam, the idea to bring therapy dogs to the trials came from Morgan Weinberg of USA Swimming.
"I just had an idea of a way to calm swimmers in the athlete lounge aside from the normal things they typically have, so I contacted Domesti-PUPS." Weinbger told SwimSwam.
Approximately 30 dogs were in and out of the trials all weekend, letting the athletes pet them and sit with them, helping relieve the extreme pressure of competing to make the Olympic swim team.
Sandy Ludwig, a volunteer with Domesti-PUPS, reported that an athlete who spent 20 minutes with a dog before her swim returned to say that she had her best race ever, all thanks to the therapy dogs.
With the positive response from the swimmers, (and probably the dogs too!) there is hope that this first-time occurrence will become a tradition, reports NBC Sports.
See more about these Olympic-pups in the videos below.