K.c. Blumm
March 13, 2014 06:45 PM

One of the stray puppies adopted by Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy has died.

A stray female that he named Sochi passed away before getting to the U.S. for medical treatment, the silver medallist’s friend Robin Macdonald announced on Twitter.

“No words can explain what has happened here, good bye little guy, we will miss you,” along with a pic of him holding Sochi.

Macdonald, who’d stayed behind in Russia to finalize the paperwork for the mama dog and four pups that Kenworthy, 22, found on the streets of Sochi, explained in another Tweet that she died after authorities “refused to let me bring her to get treatment.”

Macdonald and the remaining dogs – Jake, Rosa, Mishka, Mom and Stryder – set off for Denver on Tuesday.

Kenworthy said on Today last month that he planned to keep two of the puppies himself and another would go to his brother and his fiancé, and the mom would be adopted by Kenworthy’s mother.

No words can explain what has happened here, good bye little guy, we will miss you. Heading home on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/uAm8Naj2E0

Robin Macdonald (@robindmacdonald) March 9, 2014

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One last family nap before the big move to a new life. Bye @Sochi2014 @HumaneSociety @aeroflot @guskenworthy pic.twitter.com/4Rq9T7as20

Robin Macdonald (@robindmacdonald) March 11, 2014

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Good thing that Jake has VIP status or this would not have been possible this morning What a boss! Thanks @aeroflot pic.twitter.com/FfOjT6WqR5

Robin Macdonald (@robindmacdonald) March 12, 2014

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