Gus Kenworthy of the United States competes in the men's ski slopestyle final to win the silver medal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

SOCHI SCENE: Gus and the pups

February 13, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Who let the dogs out? Pretty much everyone in Sochi, it seems.

Who picked the dogs up? Well, that would be American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy.

The freshly crowned silver-medal slopestyler from Telluride, Colo., picked up four puppies and their mother on the streets of Rosa Khutor and he's making arrangements to have them sent home to the United States.

''I've been around animals all my life,'' Kenworthy said of the hundreds of dogs roaming the streets in Sochi and the mountains above the Olympic city. ''It's hard to watch.''

Kenworthy tweeted a picture of himself cuddling four of the dogs. ''Puppy love is real to puppies,'' he wrote.

He says he's arranged for kennels to carry the dogs in, and for vaccinations. Family members back home are already lining up to adopt.

''I'll keep one for myself,'' he said.

Any chance he'll name it Silver?

- By Eddie Pells - Twitter


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