American swimmer Ryan Lochte handily took first place in the men’s 400 IM on Saturday, helping Team USA win its first gold at the London games and leading Michael Phelps away from the award podium for one of the first times in his Olympic career. Perhaps it was his training regimen? The American swimmers showed off their love for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” in their well-received lip dub executed in the days leading up to London, but while Missy Franklin revealed her lifelong goal to become part of flash mob, it was Lochte’s air kiss that undeniably stole the show. With a gaze that transcends the Atlantic to hit deep within our soul, and speeds fast enough to knock off the man thought to be part fish, there’s no wonder “Lochte” is on the minds of nearly every Olympic viewer this weekend.
In recognition of the effects his dreamy good looks and remarkable talent in the pool have on American sports fans, the minds at NOC—the same group responsible for the Knicks fans’ Gotye break-up with Jeremy Lin—have captured our new pool preferences in song. “Call Me Lochte” celebrates Team USA’s early MVP, a man who is partial to metallic grills and Lil Wayne ringtones. A familiar face embodies Lochte’s headspace, reminding us that while things have been nonstop Phelps talk on the American swim circuit, it’s time to focus our attention elsewhere (“It’s hard to swim right, by Phelps, baby / But this is my year, so call me Lochte”). Considering the way he’s started out at London, we can’t wait to see what fast-casual dining establishment he lands an endorsement with. Watch below.
God bless the “Call Me Maybe” gods for continuing to give us reason to talk about our future husband.