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Olympian Gus Kenworthy Rescues Pup From South Korean Dog Meat Farm

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Rescues Pup From South Korean Dog Meat Farm

Gus Kenworthy is finishing up another Winter Olympics by saving dogs in need.

The Team USA Olympic skier shared his latest experience with fans on Instagram on Friday (February 23) during the 2018 Winter Olympics, explaining that he and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas adopted a puppy named Beemo from one of South Korea’s numerous dog meat farms.

“This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” Gus captioned the slideshow below. “Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while [I] don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty.”

Beemo was one of 90 dogs living in cold, cramped outdoor cages and neglectful, cruel conditions.

Good news: Gus shared that the farm they visited is being shut down, and all of the pups are being flown to the U.S. and Canada, where they will be put up for adoption with the help of Humane Society International.

“I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes!” Gus added. “Go to @hsiglobal’s page to see how you can help.”

Gus also rescued five stray dogs at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

See his full post below.

This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don't personally agree with it, I do agree that it's not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in "good conditions" by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of the Korean public at large, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who's seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they'll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I'm hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal's page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ❤️🐶

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Who Won the Ladies' Figure Skating Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics 2018? Find Out Here!

Who Won the Ladies' Figure Skating Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics 2018? Find Out Here!

The winner of the ladies’ figure skating competition at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is Russia’s Alina Zagitova!

The 15-year-old figure skater was crowned after the free skate, where she earned a grand total of 239.57 points (a combination of her free and short programs).

Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva picked up the silver medal, and Canada’s Katelyn Osmond
with the bronze medal.

The stand out of the free skate though, has to be South Korea’s DaBin Choi! If you missed her performance, go and watch it. It was phenomenal.

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Team USA’s Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell finished in 9th, 10th and 11th places.

Olympic Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Gushes Over Boyfriend Darian Weiss

Olympic Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Gushes Over Boyfriend Darian Weiss

Just ahead of the free skate at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics tonight, Mirai Nagasu is opening up about her boyfriend, Darian Weiss.

The 24-year-old figure skater says that she’s “very happily occupied in a relationship. His name is Darian…[we’ve been together for] three and a half years.”

Darian, an actor, has appeared on episodes of Mad Men and Good Luck Charlie.

“He handles my insanity very well,” Mirai adds about why they’re the perfect fit for one another.

Check out all the cute pics of Mirai and Darian below!

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Mirai Nagasu Inspires Teammates Karen Chen & Bradie Tennell On The Ice at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu Inspires Teammates Karen Chen & Bradie Tennell On The Ice at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu isn’t only inspiring the entire USA right now at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — she’s also inspiring her teammates Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell.

Just before the short program competition, Mirai, Karen and Bradie all sat down for a press conference where the younger two opened up about how Mirai has inspired them on, and off the ice — especially with that triple axel.

“When she nailed the triple axel, I jumped up screaming,” Bradie remembered, speaking of the team event where Team USA earned the bronze medal. “It was just incredible.”

Karen added, “She will inspire so many younger skaters that the impossible is possible. I think that I see a future [where] all of us could potentially have a triple axel as long as we have the grit like Mirai.”

Mirai joked moments later, “I’m available for lessons.”

But the triple axel isn’t just what Karen and Bradie like about Mirai.

“Just kind of watching how [Mirai] interacts with people and the way she handles herself,” Bradie adds. “I must confess to trying to be a little bit like her.”

The ladies’ free skate will take place Thursday, February 22nd on NBC.

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Mirai Nagasu Wants To Make Even More Olympic History With More Triple Axels

Mirai Nagasu Wants To Make Even More Olympic History With More Triple Axels

Mirai Nagasu made Olympic history when she became the first US woman to land a triple axel in the team event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — and she’s aiming to do it again.

Speaking with reporters in South Korea, the 24-year-old figure skater has two more triple axels planned — one in her short program and another in the long program.

“Maybe I’ll fall; maybe I’ll land it,” Mirai shared. “But right now my mind-set is I’m going to nail it. And I believe…I’m definitely going for it: No guts, no glory.”

She adds, “If I fall, I’ll take the fall and get up and keep going.”

Mirai is also hoping for a spot on that podium too — “I want it so badly. Like, I wanna be there. I want to prove myself, not just to myself, but to the judges.”

“And so I put a lot of pressure on myself because I wanna do well. But, I think, I think when I’m in that mindset, and with the right focus– I look back and think, ‘Oh my God, is that me? That’s (laughter) amazing.’ Like…and I just enjoy that performance aspect of skating.”

The ladies’ short program starts tonight @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

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Figure Skater Karen Chen Choreographed Her Olympics Routines

Figure Skater Karen Chen Choreographed Her Olympics Routines

Karen Chen is set to make her debut at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics later tonight and we can’t wait to watch her!

Did you know that the 18-year-old figure skater choreographed her own routines?

“It’s something that I truly love,” she shared in a recent interview with ET.

“The music choices are something that I feel very attached to, especially the short. It’s very sentimental and I have a lot of emotions attached to it.”

Karen continues, “I think putting that out there, skating at the Olympics with that kind of mindset and embracing my own choreography, knowing how much effort I have put into this, is really going to come through.”

She also adds that getting a medal at the Olympics is the ultimate goal.

“Sometimes it may not seem realistic, but I feel like thinking about that ultimate goal that I really want, it helps motivate me, and it really helps push me to get better and stronger and work hard and smart,” Karen says. “Anything is possible. I always try to tell myself that.”

Ladies’ figure skating will start tonight @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

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Olympic Ice Dancers Madison Chock & Evan Bates React To Their Fall: 'We'll Go On & Be Okay'

Olympic Ice Dancers Madison Chock & Evan Bates React To Their Fall: 'We'll Go On & Be Okay'

Madison Chock and Evan Bates most likely heard your gasps around the world as they fell on the ice during a spin at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics last night.

One of three USA teams competing for a spot on the podium, Madison and Evan spun out during one element of their free skate, which was set to John Lennon‘s “Imagine”. Because of the fall, the team ended up in 9th place overall.

“I think we clicked blades entering the spin, and it’s really impossible to spin with that kind of friction,” Evan shared with Time afterwards. “One moment things were going exactly how we wanted to, and the next moment in a flash, disaster stuck. There’s no other way to put it really.”

Madison adds, “As soon as it happened, I couldn’t believe our butts were on the ice where our skates were supposed to be. It’s just not something you want to have happen.”

“We worked so hard this season to reinvent ourselves, and I think we’ve done that. It just sucks that this happened at the Olympic Games. But it’s okay. Life goes on, and we’ll go on, we’ll be okay.”

After their program ended, you could see how heartbroken Madison and Evan were, but don’t worry — they will be back, and stronger than ever. Their next competition will be at the World Championships in Milan.

“We’ve got to come back. We’ve got to come back and redeem ourselves,” Evan says. “That’s part of our story now.”

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Nathan Chen Thanks Teammates & Fans For Undying Support at Olympics 2018

Nathan Chen Thanks Teammates & Fans For Undying Support at Olympics 2018

Nathan Chen didn’t have the best results at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics this month.

Although, we think he did phenomenal in coming back so strong in his free program that no one was able to actually catch him until gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu took the ice, Nathan admits that he didn’t have the best programs.

“These past two weeks have been the biggest emotional rollercoaster of my life,” Nathan broke his silence on Instagram this weekend. “I began this competition with the two worst short programs of my competitive career. I couldn’t believe what happened, and my confidence completely dissipated.”

But thanks to the fans and the love of his teammates, he got up.

“If not for the hundreds of messages of support from all of you I never would’ve been able to bounce back and lay down the long I did here,” he adds. “Truly thank you all so much for the support and love. #WeGetUp.”

Nathan also gave another shout out to his teammates, as he did leave with a bronze medal with the team event.

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