U.S. Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy has postponed his return home to Colorado as he awaits news on adopting stray dogs in Sochi.
The U.S. Olympic freeskier found the mother and her litter of four puppies outside the Gorki Media Center in the mountain village. According to USA Today, he took a gondola from the athlete’s village to a bus and then rode on to the media center, where it was love at first sight.
“They are like the cutest thing ever,” Kenworthy said.
Kenworthy has already arranged for kennels and planned on having the little family vaccinated on Monday. He said it will be easy getting the puppies on a plane because they will be able to ride two to a kennel, but the mother may prove more difficult, due to different rules for adult dogs.
The plight of Sochi’s stray dog problem was brought to the forefront just before the Winter Olympics began. Russians and Americans alike have stepped up to the plate to help save the homeless dogs and cats.
Kenworthy says he has gotten plenty of support from family and friends at home who have offered to adopt the dogs, including the momma dog.
Kenworthy, 22, describes himself as a lifelong animal lover. He lost his beloved dog, Mack, last year. Mack was a large mixed breed dog that Kenworthy picked out from a humane society for his 11th birthday.
“I’ve been a dog lover my whole life, and to find just the cutest family of strays ever, here at the Olympics, was just a fairytale way to have that go down,” Kenworthy shared.
Kenworthy seems to be a hit with his fans as well, many of whom have been tweeting messages of support for him and the pups.
A fan named Sasha tweeted the following: “Can we just give Gus Kenworthy a gold medal for being awesome?”
Editor’s Note: Photo of Gus Kenworthy with puppies from his Twitter page.