Olympic Freestyle Skier Saves Dogs

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Skiing is not the only thing that Gus Kenworthy is known for and good at.

When he was in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympics, he and Robin MacDonald rescued a stray female dog and her puppies. While two of the puppies did not make it because of health issues, the other three are in the United States living in loving homes. The mother dog, now named Mamushka, lives with Gus’s parents and is spoiled with love and daily hikes. The other two puppies, Jake and Mishka, live with Robin in Vancouver. The dogs have a huge following on Instagram.


Gus is great at aerobatic tricks and raising awareness for animal rights in countries he visits. This year, with the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a city known to have dog meat farms, he is stepping up for animals.

Kenworthy tells E! News, “I was working with the Humane Society International already on a campaign they were doing. But I would love to bring a dog back from here, or more than one dog, and sort of be able to use that adoption as a platform to spread awareness of the situation.”

Photo:HSI/Jean Chung

Photo: HSI/Jean Chung


The inhumane conditions of the dogs in Pyeongchang made him want to help. He plans on rescuing at least one dog to help raise awareness.

You can help make a difference in the lives of dogs in Pyeongchang by signing and sharing the petition below. We must be their voice.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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