Olympian Gus Kenworthy Reunited with Sochi Puppies, Reveals Two Dogs Died

It was a happy, yet sad reunion for Olympic US silver medalist Gus Kenworthy on Today this morning (March 14, 2014).

Kenworthy, with the help of Humane Society International and good friend Robin Macdonald, who stayed behind in Russia for nearly a month after the Olympics, brought the dogs home.

Kenworthy and Macdonald spoke with Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall while snuggling three of the pooches — Jake, Mama and Mischka. A female dog, her three puppies and a friend have all been saved by the kind-hearted skier following his pledge to save them from the fate promised to stray dogs during the Olympics. He promised to adopt the five furry friends and bring them home with him to America. The dogs arrived in New York City on Wednesday and are on route to Denver with photographer Robin Macdonald. Meanwhile, not all of the intended rescues were so lucky. Macdonald tweeted this picture before leaving Sochi with the caption ‘No words can explain what has happened here, good bye little guy (named Sochi), we will miss you”.


He went on to to explain “She died. They refused to let me bring her to get treatment.”

He had previously tweeted about the pup’s poor health issues and his frustration at the government’s “games.”

He later updated that all five of his travel companions made it through the flight, though only three appeared on Today and they confirmed that one had died since Wednesday.