Olympians Fall for ‘Puppy Love’ at Winter Games

U.S. athletes keep one eye on medals and the other on cute strays in Sochi

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Ints Kalnins / Reuters

A dog looks on at a private dog shelter in Baranovka near Sochi February 8, 2014.

American Olympians who have spent years building up the mental and physical steel to bring home a medal from the Winter Games have shown their hearts are still vulnerable to melting.

There are approximately 2,000 stray dogs in Sochi, and many U.S. athletes are attempting to adopt a puppy to take back home, reports the Wall Street Journal. 

The local canine population reportedly exploded during the build-up to the game, largely thanks to the numerous construction workers in the area who provided food.

Skier Gus Kenworthy will be bringing home a silver medal and a pack of pooches from Sochi, according to his Twitter feed.

While a U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman was unable to confirm the number of U.S. athletes following Kenworthy’s lead, based on the Olympians’ Twitter accounts, “many are eager to scoop them up.”



The big winners at Sochi: American athletes and Gay rights. Not too bad, after all.....


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