Olympic snowboarder Gus Kenworthy has been reunited with his puppies from Sochi!!!!!
The 22-year-old silver medalist was reunited with the stray dogs — Jake, Rosa, Mishka, Mom, and Stryder — he adopted while competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, on The Today Show on Friday morning (March 14).
“It’s just incredible. It feels so nice to have them home,” Gus dished to the hosts. “These dogs, they’ve traveled thousands of miles and it’s been many, many weeks of this whole process kind of coming to an end and just really can’t thank Robin and the Humane Society International enough for making it happen.”
His pal Robin McDonald, who was in Russia working on getting the animals home explained the delay: “We encountered some government roadblocks when we there. A politician claimed the dogs were theirs and they didn’t want to release them to us for whatever reason. They were kind of kept away from me for the duration that I was there. We were fighting with the Humane Society International to get them proper treatment and to get them to care, and it took too long and two of the dogs unfortunately did pass away.”
Gus added, “I think that’s the best part for me. We’ve had people come up to both of us and tell us what they either donated to the Humane Society or went and adopted a dog here, so that’s awesome to see. I think that we’re really just hoping to bring awareness to the plight of the dogs in Russia and hopefully set up some shelters and stuff there. So in future world cups and different events, there will be a better system in place so this doesn’t happen again. So if someone wants to take a dog back, they can take a dog back. It’s not going to be a horrible process.”
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Gracie Gold flies high into the air during the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Saturday night (February 22) in Sochi, Russia.
The 18-year-old figure skater, who placed fourth overall in the ladie’s competition, skated alongside medalists Adelina Sotnikova, Yuna Kim and Carolina Kostner as well as Canada’s Patrick Chan, who picked up the silver medal in the men’s and team competitions.
“Thanks for the memories Sochi! I’ve had the time of my life,” Gracie wrote on Twitter ahead of the closing ceremonies after the gala.
A few days before the gala, Patrick was spotted at McDonald’s Cheers to Sochi Kiosk in the Athlete Village to read good luck messages sent from fans.
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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are officially over, with a beautiful closing ceremonies on Sunday night (February 23), just a week ahead of the Paralympic Games.
So how did Team USA do? The country came in second, to host country Russia, with a total 28 medals — nine gold, seven silver and twelve bronze.
Check out the breakdown below:
Alpine Skiing (five: Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht, Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso)
Bobsled (four: Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans; plus Steven Holcomb‘s team double medaled in men’s two-man and four-man events)
Figure Skating (two: Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Team Competition)
Freestyle Ski (seven: Maddie Bowman, Joss Christensen, David Wise, Gus Kenworthy, Devin Logan, Nick Goepper, Hannah Kearney)
Hockey (one: Women’s)
Luge (one: Erin Hamlin)
Short Track (one: Men’s 5000m Relay JR Celski, Eduardo Alvarez, Jordan Malone and Christopher Creveling)
Skeleton (two: Noelle Pikus-Pace, Matt Antoine)
Snowboarding (five: Kaitlyn Farrington, Sage Kotsenberg, Jamie Anderson, Alex Deibold, Kelly Clark)
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Meryl Davis and Charlie White take center ice for the last time during the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Saturday night (February 22) in Sochi, Russia.
The Ice Dance champions posed with fellow gold medalists Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar (pairs), Adelina Sotnikova (ladies) and Yuzuru Hanyu (mens) after the show.
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“I wish I could tell every story… But as you can see I brought a banana to the hockey game so it’s obviously complicated… Loving every moment!!!” Charlie captioned on Instagram during the last days of the games, commemorating his experiences.
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Mikaela Shiffrin raises her hands high after topping the leaderboard for Alpine Skiing Women’s Giant Slalom at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic held at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on Friday night (February 21) in Sochi, Russia.
The 18-year-old athlete grabbed the gold medal ahead of Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel, both of Austria, and made Alpine Skiing history as the youngest ever winner of an Olympic slalom gold medal.
“There I was, I’m like, ‘Grrreat. I’m just going to go win my first medal.’ And then in the middle of the run, I’m like, ‘Guess not,’” Mikaela shared .”So like, ‘No. Don’t do that. Do not give up. You see this through.’ My whole goal was to just keep my skis moving.”
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No, there were no medals for the U.S. Ladie’s Figure Skating team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics — but that’s okay.
Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds still delivered six strong, amazing programs and JJJ can’t wait to see them compete at the world championships late next month in Japan.
“When I went down on it [the triple flip], I thought, ‘Dang it! That’s what [coach] Frank Carroll told me not to do: ‘Don’t drop that right arm.’ I went down on the triple flip but, at the end of the day, skating these three program at the Olympics was wonderful,” Gracie shared after her program.
She added, “When I ended up fourth after the short, I thought the pressure was lifted off. I was only six points from a medal after the short. But if I wasn’t going to get a medal, I wanted to skate for myself.”
Ashley, who placed 7th overall, said about bringing back her Samson & Delilah long program: “That was such a solid performance. I think that was a mentally tough one for me because I had two so-so long program that were backing me up. So the first program of the season, a personal best, I can’t complain and it makes me look forward to the worlds…I put out three clean program and I can go home holding my head high. I’m ecstatic.”
“I’d love to come back to the Olympics,” Polina shared, after her first senior level international event. “That’s four years from now and I know I have to keep building up my strength.”
Maddie Bowman gets a lift from fellow gold medalist David Wise after soaring to the top of the leaderboard for Freestyle Skiing Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe Finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Thursday night (February 20) in Sochi, Russia.
The 20-year-old skier was lifted up by David, 23, who also won the gold medal for the Men’s Halfpipe a few days before.
Maddie earned a whopping 89.00 points, ahead of France’s Marie Martinod (85.40), and Japan’s Ayana Onozuka (83.20).
“The way I’ve gotten here is taking it one day and one competition at a time and having absolutely as much fun as I could, and hey, it worked out,” Maddie shared afterwards.
She added about paying tribute to the late Sarah Burke, an athlete from Canada who pushed to have halfpipe in the Olympics: “Sarah has inspired us on snow and off snow, and she would have been very proud of how all of the girls rode tonight. I sure hope that I and everyone else made her proud, because we would have not been here without her.”
Russia’s Adeline Sotnikova wraps herself in her country’s flag alongside Korea’s Yuna Kim and Italy’s Carolina Kostner, after winning the gold medal during the ladie’s free skate at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday night (February 20) in Sochi, Russia.
Adelina, 17, was passed over for the team event where Russia won gold with sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya — she ended up 5th, overall.
“I really wanted to participate in the team competition because I understood that we would win a medal because our team is so strong,” Adelina shared with press afterwards. “When I found out I was not in the team, I felt so sorry and I felt offended. I felt so cheated in a way. Anyway, I still had my goal to show this skating, the one that I did today. Maybe it is all for the best that I didn’t compete in the team competition and it was an advantage for me that it made me so mad to win the gold medal.”
Team USA’s Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds were strong on the ice, with only a few falls on jumps between them. They all ended up in the top ten — Gracie, 4th, Ashley, 7th and Polina, 9th.
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