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US Olympic Silver Medalist delays return home to bring back family of dogs

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | February 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

Gus Kenworthy hugs one of the puppies he is rescuing

Gus Kenworthy is delayed in returning home to celebrate his Olympic silver medal win in Sochi because he's waiting to bring a family of dogs home. The slopestyle skiing Olympian decided to adopt four puppies and their mother after he discovered them near the media center in Sochi, Russia.

The 22-year-old, who lives in Telluride, Colorado, was scheduled to return home from Sochi on Monday. But he is working on the paperwork he needs to get done in order to take all five dogs back with him to the U.S.

After Gus tweeted a photo of himself with the puppies, animal lovers around the world sent their well wishes and their support.

The reaction to his kind act has almost gotten more attention than his medal win. Gus has already found homes for the dogs with family members and dogs. He plans on keeping one of the puppies for himself. When asked by CNN what he plans to name the puppy he's not decided just yet. But two names he's thought of are "Sochi" or "Silver".

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Comments on this Article

This young man deserves a gold medal for this.
Congratulations Gus Kenworthy on your silver medal win. I think that it is really fantastic what you are doing for this family of dogs in Sochi. Please let us know what name you finally choose for the puppy. I wish you every success in your endeavor to bring them home. Very well done.
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