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From Russia with love: Gus Kenworthy reunites with Sochi puppies

American Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy was reunited with the litter of stray puppies and their mother last week. The Colorado-based Kenworthy made international headlines during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics this past February when he decided to rescue the stray family. Kenworthy posted pics of the dogs on his social media and eventually inspired other Olympians to find their new best friend in Russia during the games.

Gus Kenworthy and one of the Sochi puppies appear on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
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After encountering "government roadblocks," the Sochi puppies rescued by Olympian Gus Kenworthy and photographer Robin Macdonald have finally arrived in the U.S. and appeared on the Today show March 14. "It feels so nice to have them home," Kenworthy said
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The reunion was broadcast from the set of the Today Show with Matt Lauer and later on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Kenworthy posed with the puppies who have all found homes with his mother and brothers. Kenworthy himself said he was keeping two of the pups but one died before arriving in the US. A female in the litter that he named Sochi fell ill and died before the dog family reunited with Kenworthy.

Kenworthy had been separated from his Sochi dogs for about a month after returning home from the Olympics. The dogs had to be cleared for transport and examined by Vets before being brought to their new homes. Due to the paperwork involved, Kenworthy was not able to take the dogs and their mom with him to Colorado in February. For now, the Olympic skier is happy to have them with him again.

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