There have been a lot jokes made about what a disaster the Sochi Olympics are, what with the dirty water and terrible hotel rooms, but one thing that’s not to be joked about is the heartbreaking stray dog problem. Animal activists are doing all they can to save homeless dogs before they can be killed by the order of Sochi officials. One of those emerging activists is also an Olympian — 22-year-old American freeskier Gus Kenworthy. There’s a lot of cuteness contained in this story, so be sure to put a helmet on your ovaries. You’ve been warned.
Earlier this week Gus posted a photo of himself holding an impossibly adorable puppy to his Twitter account, writing, “Oh my glob, look who I just found! #sochistrays.” A cute guy holding a cute puppy, and he’s repping for the Amurricans? That’s the kind of stuff calendars are made of to begin with, but on top of that Gus is trying to rescue the puppies’ he’s found and bring them home with him. That’s right, I said “puppies,” plural. He posted another photo of himself holding four of the little goobers. If you thought the photo above was cute, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
He later updated his followers by writing, “Also, for the people wondering, I’ve lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointments. Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!” Gus competed in the slopestyle event today, but since NBC doesn’t air the coverage until hours later, you might not want spoilers, so I’ll let you click here to find out how he did. Either way, I think it’s safe to say he’s won a million medals in the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. He’s using his position as an athlete for good by bringing more attention to stray dog problem, and he’s setting a great example for the Americans in Russia. USA! USA!