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Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Adopts Puppy From Korean Dog Meat Farm

Team USA’s Gus Kenworthy is once again wrapping up the Winter Olympics with a rescue dog.

The 26-year-old Olympic freestyle skier took to Instagram on Friday (February 23) during the 2018 Winter Olympics to reveal that he and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas rescued a puppy named Beemo from one of South Korea’s many dog meat farms.

“This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” Gus captioned the slideshow below. “Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while [I] don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty.”

Beemo was one of 90 dogs living in cold, cramped outdoor cages and neglectful, cruel conditions.

Good news: Gus shared that the farm they visited is being shut down, and all of the pups are being flown to the U.S. and Canada, where they will be put up for adoption with the help of Humane Society International.

“I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes!” Gus added. “Go to @hsiglobal’s page to see how you can help.”

Gus also rescued five stray dogs at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

See his full post below.

This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don't personally agree with it, I do agree that it's not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in "good conditions" by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of the Korean public at large, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who's seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they'll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I'm hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal's page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ❤️🐶

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Olympian Gus Kenworthy Pulls His Pants Down to Show His Massive Bruise

Gus Kenworthy shows off his massive bruise on his backside that he got from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The 26-year-old skier, who came in 12th-place in the men’s ski slopestyle final, posted the image and made a Call Me By Your Name reference in the caption to the Twitter photo.

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“A peach hasn’t been this destroyed since Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name,” Gus captioned the photo, referencing the film’s famous scene.

Check out the photo below. We hope that heals up soon, Gus!

Gus Kenworthy Reacts to Seeing His Kiss With Boyfriend Matthew Wilkas on TV at the Winter Olympics 2018!

Gus Kenworthy is pleasantly surprised to see that the kiss he shared with boyfriend Matthew Wilkas made it onto the air live from the 2018 Winter Olympics!

The 26-year-old freestyle skier spoke out on Twitter on Sunday (February 18) about his Olympics experience, as well as that kiss moment caught on NBC.

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“Didn’t realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I’m so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love,” he wrote.

“Being here now, out and proud and living my life authentically, I’m walking away more fulfilled without a medal than I did at the last Games with one,” he added in a second tweet.

Check out his tweet below!

Gus Kenworthy's Boyfriend Matthew Wilkas Arrives at Olympics!

Gus Kenworthy is going to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in a matter of hours and he has his longtime boyfriend Matthew Wilkas by his side!

The 26-year-old freestyle skier, who is one of the only openly gay American Olympians this year, updated fans on Saturday (February 17) to tell them Matthew arrived just in time to see him compete.

“My Seoul mate! He’s a little late for Valentine’s Day but he made it just in time to see me compete tomorrow (tonight for you guys in the states)! Feeling very lucky to have him, my family, my agent and some amazing friends here in Korea cheering me on,” Gus wrote on Instagram with the cute photo seen below. “Win or lose I’m gonna be walking away with my head held high! Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support, I wouldn’t be here without you!”

“So proud of this guy and everything he stands for. Tomorrow is a big day for him here in pyeongchang. Send lots of love and nudes. ❤️❤️❤️❤️,” Matthew added.

Matthew is a comedian and actor who is hilarious on Instagram, which just so happens to be where he met Gus!

See some of the couple’s best photos in the gallery… More Here! »

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Gus Kenworthy Breaks Thumb at Olympics 2018 Practice, Jokes He Can't Shake Mike Pence's Hand

Gus Kenworthy is keeping a positive outlook after breaking his thumb ahead of his 2018 Winter Olympics debut.

The 26-year-old skier took to Twitter on Thursday (February 15) to reveal he broke his thumb at practice, and shared that because of it he won’t have to shake Vice President Mike Pence‘s hand because of it.

“Broke my thumb yesterday in practice. It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so… Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic “thumbs up!” of encouragement the rest of the trip,” Gus tweeted along with an X-ray of his thumb.

Gus – who came out as gay in 2015 – and figure skater Adam Rippon are two of the only openly gay athletes competing for Team USA at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Gus and Adam have been extremely vocal in their criticism of Pence being selected to lead the United States’ delegation in South Korea despite his strong anti-LGBTQ views.

Gus will compete in the slopestyle competition on Sunday, February 18.