She didn’t medal at the Games, but she’s not coming home empty-handed

By Nicole Weisensee Egan
Updated August 26, 2015 12:16 AM

Forget gold medals – dogs are the most coveted accessory in Sochi, Russia, right now.

Like U.S. Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is bringing one of the city’s stray dogs home to the United States.

“This Sochi Stray scored a one way ticket to the USA with [Lindsey],” Tweeted Jacobellis’s teammate, Holly Brooks, on Monday, sharing a photo of the snowboarder cuddling her adorable pup.

Canine cupid struck right around Valentine’s Day for the 28-year-old athlete, who posted an affectionate photo of her own to Instagram on February 15. “Me and my pup,” wrote Jacobellis, a self-described animal lover.

But while the Olympian fell fast for her new furry friend, the adoption process could prove to be slow. Kenworthy was scheduled to fly home to Telluride, Colo., on Monday but was forced to stay behind in Russia to complete his adoption of a mother and her four puppies, reports the Associated Press.

The freeskier learned about the canine clan’s plight when a friend found the family huddled underneath a security tent outside the media center in Rosa Khutor village early last week. He says he intends to keep one puppy for himself and has friends and family who want to adopt the others.

Here’s hoping these pups arrive at their fur-ever homes soon.