Hot athlete holding puppies . . . does it get any better? Team USA slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy has been a little distracted at the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi — and not because of Tinder! The 22-year-old athlete shared adorable photos of himself on Twitter cuddling stray puppies, and says he’s trying to rescue them.
“Oh my glob, look who I just found! #sochistrays,” Kenworthy captioned a drool-worthy photo of himself holding a dog in his lap on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The handsome skier looks at the camera with big puppy-dog eyes that match the expression of the pooch he holds.
In a second photo, Kenworthy holds four precious puppies from the same litter in a pile on his lap. “Puppy love is real to puppies,” he captioned the photo.
Kenworthy also posted a collage of photos of the puppies on Facebook, and shared an update on how he hopes to adopt them. “Spent all afternoon playing with a gang of stray puppies here in Sochi! Looking into finding a way to bring them home with me but also don’t want to take them away from their mama because she was being super cute and protective over them,” he wrote on Feb. 11. “I bought them some food and I’ll go visit them again tomorrow.”
By Wednesday, Kenworthy had made a little progress in trying to help the pups. “Also, for the people wondering, I’ve lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointments,” he tweeted. “Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!”
But the puppy love had to be put on hold Thursday for Kenworthy to compete in the first-ever Olympic men’s ski slopestyle competition — ultimately scoring a medal for himself! The New York Times reports that Team USA swept the competition with Joss Christensen taking gold, Kenworthy winning silver and Nick Goepper taking home the bronze medal.
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