DENVER — Celebrated Telluride Olympian Gus Kenworthy was given a gold medal welcome at Denver International Airport after a flight home from the Olympics in South Korea.
Kenworthy has gained attention for rescuing dogs during his stints at the Olympics, picking up five dogs in Sochi, Russia, four years ago.
Two of the malnourished rescued puppies died, but the others thrived.
In a fitting welcome home for the animal rights activist, Denver International Airport greeted the freestyle skier with a fuzzy hug from a French bulldog named Violet, a member of the Canine Airport Therapy Squad,.
CATS is a squad of more than 100 dogs — and one cat — representing more than 40 breeds that roam DIA, offering a cheery experience to travelers.
Kenworthy carried on his rescue mission in 2018 after visiting a South Korean dog meat farm.
He lamented the experience in a lengthy Facebook post but said all 90 dogs on the farm were rescued with the help of the Humane Society International with the intent of placing the animals in homes across the U.S. and Canada.
While Kenworthy acknowledged the 90 animals are just a drop in the bucket, claiming 2.5 million dogs are involved in the South Korean meat trade, the Olympian and his boyfriend took home a new addition to the family — a puppy named Beemo.
Kenworthy said Beemo will be coming to the United States as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations and that he can’t wait to “give her the best life possible.”
Kenworthy claimed silver in slopestyle at Sochi in 2014. This year, he finished 12th in the slopestyle, with Norway’s Oystein Braaten taking gold, U.S. teammate Nick Goepper claiming silver and Canada’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand winning bronze.