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You’re my hero, Gus Kenworthy

February 26, 2014 

The definition of patriotism is love, loyalty and support of one’s country.

I guess that’s me.

I love this country. I also love supporting our athletes in the Olympics.

Hockey is one of my favorites, and the U.S. against Russia game was one of the best I have ever seen – a nail biter, a shoot out.

Also, in another sport on ice, pairs skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White entertained and enthralled the world audience. The incredibly talented duo performed a routine choreographed by my favorite dancer, Derek Hough, five-time winner of “Dancing with the Stars.”

But my hero of these games has got to be Gus Kenworthy, the American free skier, not only because of his expertise in that field, but because of his love for the animals. Kenworthy learned of a litter of puppies when his friend was working at the media center. When his friend texted him the photos, he knew he had to do something.

It wasn’t easy to get there. He had to take several means of transportation, but he did it. He saw the pups and fell in love with all of them. Kenworthy returned every day to feed them, hold and play with them. He even visited them the night before he won the silver medal.

If Kenworthy can get everything in order, he will hopefully bring them all home. He has a supportive family – they all said they want a pup. This will not be his first rescue. When Kenworthy was 11 years old, he went to the Colorado Humane Society and rescued a large mixed breed dog. It was his birthday present. That dog died last year.

What an honor! A silver medal in the Olympics and a gold medal for rescuing three pups and their mom.

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