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"There are stray dogs all over the place" -- U.S. Olympian

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 01:25

Feb. 15 - In addition to a silver medal, Slopestyle Olympian Gus Kenworthy 'adopts' family of stray dogs from Russia to bring with him back to the U.S. Gavino Garay reports.

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Some go to the Olympics to bring back the gold. Slopestyle U.S. Olympian Gus Kenworthy is bringing back silver. But there's something more the warm-hearted athlete might bring with him -- a family of stray dogs. The Colorado skier couldn't bear seeing the dogs he found under an Olympic security tent neglected. He says it's not like this at home. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SLOPESTYLE SKIING SILVER MEDALLIST GUS KENWORTHY SAYS: "I think that there are stray dogs in the States but I feel that I don't really ever see them. Like it is definitely not like here there are stray dogs all over the place; I am seeing a ton of them and I just feel really badly. I feel like they are treated almost like pests and not pets. And I wish that would change. I mean I would love it if people here would like to adopt a dog and bring them into their family and make them part of the family, and just love them and feed them and give them attention." Reporters who arrived here before the games had said there was a problem with stray dogs roaming the streets. But Kenworthy is determined to make a difference if he can, and coming back to feed the pups isn't enough for him. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SLOPESTYLE SKIING SILVER MEDALLIST GUS KENWORTHY SAYS: "I mean I came out here with just my regular clothes, my U.S. ski team gear, all my ski equipment, and I am coming back with a ton of Olympic memorabilia, I am coming back with a silver medal for ski slopestyle, I am coming back with five puppies, so it is a lot more on the way back." The slopestyle silver medalist is encouraging others to care for stray dogs they see near Olympic sites.

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"There are stray dogs all over the place" -- U.S. Olympian

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 01:25

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