Over 16 days, more than 11,500 sportsmen and women have participated in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Athletes have travelled from all over the world to take home a gold for their country. But despite donning medals and smashing world records, many Olympians are counting down the days until they get to see their dogs again. Here are our 12 favourite Olympians whose canines are both cuddling companions and training buddies.
1. US gymnast Aly Raisman always enjoys a morning cuddle with one of her three maltipoo munchkins: Magic, Coco and Gibson.
2. Mack Horton might be an Olympic gold-winning Australian swimmer, but his dog Mila takes the medal for best beach hair.
3. Harold the havanese gets to share the spotlight with his superstar tennis owners, Serena and Venus Williams.
4. Amy Hastings (USA) involves her bulldog Gabby on her marathon training runs – even if the chubby pup only makes it 10 metres.
5. Whereas British cyclist Brad Wiggins seems to be the one BEING walked.
6. Hungarian gold-medalist Katinka Hosszu had a recent fluffy addition to the family.
7. But for US gymnast Simone Biles, it's 'the more, the merrier' with four German Shepherds & counting.
8. We’re not surprised that American freestyle swimming champion Conor Dwyer hangs out with puppies that have pool-blue eyes.
9. Just like it’s no shock that Juno, Michael Phelps’ frenchie, has her own Instagram, @msjuno.
10. While British cyclist Laura Trott's way of unwinding is a walk around the park with her three pups...
11. For track & field star Brianna Rollins (USA), it's about cruising with her pucker-up pooch, Buddy.
12. US steeplechase champ Emma Coburn finds that rest day means canine time.
13. While American 1500-metre runner Brenda Martinez has more than enough competition for her affections.