12 Olympic Athletes With Cute, Furry Animals. What More Could You Ask For?

American freeskier Gus Kenworthy will be bringing home something special to commemorate his time at the Sochi Olympics, and we're not just talking about a silver medal. The 22-year-old Coloradan is trying to adopt a litter of stray Russian puppies and their mother and bring them back to the States. The little doggie family has been camped out near the media center at Sochi, and once Kenworthy met them, he fell in love. He's been posting photos of the cute little guys on his Twitter account ever since. Cue a collective AWWWWW!

Clearly this is the cutest thing to happen this week in Internetland, and we can't get enough. So, a special treat for you all: 11 more pictures of Olympic athletes with furry critters. You know this is going to make your day.

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Lindsey Jacobellis

Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is also taking a Sochi rescue home with her. So once again now, with feeling: AWWWWW!

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Monique Lamoureux

Hockey player and silver medalist Monique Lamoureux clearly has a friend for life here.

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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn’s dog has his own Instagram account. Before being rescued and adopted by the Olympic ski racer, this little guy was abandoned by a previous owner and hit by a car. Now he’s clearly this woman’s best friend.

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Johnny Weir-Voronov

It’s clear who the early riser is in this relationship. Johnny Weir-Voronov may be a two-time Olympic figure skater, but his dog is obviously the morning person.

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Resi Stiegler’s


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Amanda Kessel

Amanda Kessel and her canine companion are apparently both envisioning her winning a medal in the Olympics. Here’s hoping all that visualization pays off in the women’s hockey finals tomorrow!

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Lauren Cholewinski

Speed-skater Lauren Cholewinski and dog Xena both say cheers to Team USA!

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Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner may be a famous Olympic figure skater, but that doesn’t mean she’s cool enough for her cat to pay attention to her. Cats have higher standards than that.

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David Wise.

This husky puppy is our new hero since he got to pose with not just skier David Wise, but a total of 15 Team USA athletes! And the photos are just too adorable for words.

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Meryl Davis

Ice dancer Meryl Davis has been having a pretty good run at the Olympics, having won both a bronze and a gold medal, but clearly she’s got a good reason to want to get back home, too.

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Alex Carpenter

No matter who their owners are, all our Olympic athlete pets will surely be cheering for Team USA, just like Alex Carpenter’s adorable puppy dog.

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