Olympian Gus Kenworthy's 'puppy love'

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KUSA - Colorado-raised freeskier Gus Kenworthy is pretty relaxed during is Olympic debut.

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Kenworthy took time off from his training runs to pose with some special friends.

The stray dogs around Sochi have been quite the topic of late and Kenworthy found some new friends to keep his mind off the men's qualifying slopestyle runs.

"I've always been a dog lover," Kenworthy said.

"I made the 45-minute trek across town to go see these dogs.  My heart went out to them.  They don't have a lot." 

Posing with his newest entourage, Kenworthy tweeted "puppy love is real to puppies."

According to his Facebook, Kenworthy spent all afternoon with the puppies and plans to continue visiting them during his Olympic stay.

Russian authorities have been trying to keep the stray dogs out of public view and Kenworthy has special plans for his new friends.

"I'm going to try and bring them all home with me and find them better homes and better lives."

Kenworthy made his Olympic debut winning a silver medal on Feb. 13 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, in Sochi, Russia.

"I'm so proud of my friends and I for putting our runs down and getting on the podium."

And he's already thought of some possible names for the puppies.

"Sochi's actually kind of a cool name. Silver, I don't know."

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