This newbie to the Olympic winner’s circle got a bit teary-eyed — and it’s not just the chlorine.
Ryan Held, along with Caleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian and most decorated Olympian since Zeus, Michael Phelps, took home the win for the U.S. in the 4 x 100 relay.
The 21-year-old Held, who swam the third leg of the relay, was overcome with emotion from his first win, and he let it all out as the "Star Spangled Banner" played to recognize America's victory.
You might find that a bit embarrassing. A touch ... unmanly.
According to the women of Twitter, you'd be wrong. They are utterly smitten with the sobbing waterboy.
(The gold medal probably helps a bit, too).
Ryan Held is literally too precious pic.twitter.com/y73JevJgqx— jessi murray (@_JessiConn) August 8, 2016
And Ryan Held crying his eyes out on the medal stand is one of my favorite things ever. Also loved when Adrian & Phelps looked after him.— Ally Condie (@allycondie) August 8, 2016
Might be in love with Ryan Held now pic.twitter.com/BUGkNI5jXM— elisabethlehem (@elisabethlehem) August 8, 2016
Don't know about you, but little Ryan Held crying on the podium like a baby made me want to hug him. pic.twitter.com/qHe4HcvcJy— vbspurs (@vbspurs) August 8, 2016
YOU ARE AN AMERICAN TREASURE RYAN HELD— Steph Driver (@StephaliciousD) August 8, 2016
Ryan Held is so emotional and Michael Phelps is just like "bro...is this your first gold or something?" pic.twitter.com/RZefD0Qnqw— morgan (@morgalina_) August 8, 2016
Looks like Held might be able to score more than gold medals this week.
Main image via: CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images