Podium or not, two U.S. Olympians have won our hearts for their kindness towards animals. U.S. Boardercross-athlete Lindsey Jacobellis has just joined U.S. Slopestyle Skiing silver-medalist Gus Kenworthy as Olympians who are attempting to adopt homeless Sochi puppies. Kenworthy, of Telluride, Colo. found a litter of four puppies and a mother dog during his stay in Sochi and felt compelled to improve their lives. After Kenworthy nabbed silver in the debut event of Ski Slopestyle he announced on Twitter, on February 11, that he would be attempting to adopt the stray family and bring them back to Colorado and find them good homes. He’s gained a lot of social media attention for his act of kindness, including a Twitter shoutout from pop star Miley Cyrus. Yesterday, February 17, Jacbobellis also announced she would be attempting to adopt a stray Sochi puppy. Jacobellis, a medal hopeful, suffered a “gnarly” crash during the Boardercross semifinals on Sunday which took her out of the running to podium. If all goes well and Jacobellis can get the puppy the proper vaccines and paperwork she’ll have won the gold in licks and cuddles.
Kenworthy has also inspired other U.S. Olympic Team members to adopt stray dogs in Sochi. Apparently several U.S. hockey players are looking to rescue some of Sochi’s many homeless pooches, too.
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