Olympian Gus Kenworthy Rescues Pup From South Korean Dog Meat Farm

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Kenworthy posted on social media Friday about his decision to adopt a puppy from a South Korean dog meat farm and the disturbing things he'd witnessed when he visited the farm.

"The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty", he continued.

In the Associated Press story from the visit and in Kenworthy's Twitter post, he said it's not his place to impose Western ideals on the traditional Korean practice of eating dog meat but said they should be treated more humanely. "Not food", kicking off a backlash from people who felt that, as a visitor from the United States to South Korea, that's not exactly his call to make.

Now, as the Pyeongchang Games come to a close, Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, two of the most buzzworthy people in the entire competition, looked back on what this Olympiad has meant to them, the community, and what it means for the future. "I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the [U.S.] to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks", he wrote.

The organization offered to buy the farm from its owner, who said he never planned to sell dogs for slaughter but was forced to when his pet Jindo dogs kept having puppies, AP reported.

Rippon, 28, and US skier Gus Kenworthy, 26, are the first two openly gay Winter Olympic athletes representing Team USA. And he found one to bring home.

"I can not wait to give her the best life possible!" he said. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home.

The dogs are now available for adoption via the Human Society International. There are still millions of dogs here in need of help, though (like the Great Pyrenees in the [second] pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). Although Gus won silver in 2014 for men's freestyle skiing in Sochi, Russia, everything changed when he came out on the cover of ESPN magazine in 2015. Earlier this month, Pence told Rippon the USA delegation was "for you", and warned him not to let the "fake news" distract him. They're mostly German Shepherd, and part Siberian husky, bloodhound, Doberman... Speaking to reporters at Canada's Pride House in the Olympic Village, the 26-year-old skier told HuffPost that, despite missing the podium this time around, he felt he would leave these Games with his "head held higher" than his last showing four years ago. Kenworthy described the kiss as "so insignificant in the moment. just a little kiss of good luck before my run".

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