Colorado's Gus Kenworthy puts medal aside to adopt Russian dogs

By: Associated Press
February 17, 2014 Updated: February 17, 2014 at 9:48 am
photo - Gus Kenworthy is working to adopt for stray pups and their mother in Sochi. (Via Twitter,
Gus Kenworthy is working to adopt for stray pups and their mother in Sochi. (Via Twitter, 

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Gus Kenworthy's party back in Colorado to celebrate his silver medal in men's slopestyle skiing is going to have to wait.

He's still waiting for Russia to let the dogs out. No, seriously.

The 22-year-old who lives in Telluride was scheduled to return home from Sochi on Monday, nearly a week after Kenworthy was part of a historic sweep by the U.S. as slopestyle skiing made its Olympic debut.

Yet Kenworthy's medal in some ways took a backseat to his decision to adopt four puppies — along with their mother — he discovered near the media center at the base of the mountain that houses the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Kenworthy wasn't kidding. He is taking all five dogs back to the U.S. with him, but getting the paperwork done is taking some time.

A U.S. skiing official says Kenworthy had to push back his plans so the dogs can join him for the long trip halfway across the world back home.

The reaction to Kenworthy's decision to adopt the family has gotten perhaps more attention than the medal he claimed alongside gold medalist Joss Christensen and bronze medalist Nick Goepper.

Pop star Miley Cyrus tweeted at Kenworthy on Sunday, saying there were "4 reasons to follow @guskenworthy" while forwarding a picture of Kenworthy playing with his new pooches.

— By Will Graves — Twitter


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