Athletes Training for the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics Pause to Cuddle Rescue Pets
Even when you are training for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, there's time for puppies — especially on National Pet Day
There's always time for puppies, even if you are training for this year's Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics. A dozen world-class athletes working hard to make it into the Olympic and Paralympic Games took a break from their busy schedules to pose with adoptable puppies from Paw Works. The results are a perfect way to celebrate April 11th's National Pet Day. Click on to see why these pictures get a gold medal in adorableness.
To learn more about all the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, visit TeamUSA.org. Watch the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer on NBC.
Lochte is a swimmer and four-time Olympian, competing in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. He has won 12 Olympic medals, including 6 gold medals.
Wilson is a power forward on the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces and is part of the USA Basketball Women's National Team, which won the most recent FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in 2018.
Long is the second-most decorated Paralympian in U.S. History. The swimmer has competed in four Paralympic Games and has won 23 Olympics medals, including 13 gold medals.
Lyles is a world champion sprinter, taking home the gold in the 200-meter dash and the 100-meter relay at the 2019 World Athletics Championships. Now, he is working to bring that speed and success to the Toyko Summer Olympics.
Moldauer is a gymnast specializing in artistic gymnastics training to be part of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which would be his first Olympic Games.
Felix is an Olympic sprinter with a winning record. She is a four-time Olympian with nine Olympic medals, including 6 gold medals.
O'Hara, currently a defender for the Washington Spirit, is a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist. The soccer star won gold with the U.S. Women's Soccer Team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Cunningham is a high jumper who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and is now training to return to the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Team USA.
The daughter of world cup champion climbers Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou, Raboutou is a sport climber working to make her own mark at the Tokyo Summer Games.
Gymnast Hurd has plenty of experience winning big at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and now she is working towards a Tokyo Summer Olympics victory.
Kokumai is a well-decorated member of the USA Karate National Team and is preparing for her first Olympic Games after a gold medal win at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Woodhall is a sprinter training to join his second Paralympic Games. He won two medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, a silver in the 200-meter dash and a bronze in the 400-meter dash.