With all four Olympic freeskiing events in the books, it’s time for the competitors to return to their normal lives. Below, you’ll find a behind-the-scenes smattering of social media posts that reveals what exactly these Olympians have planned, post-Pyeongchang.
Gus Kenworthy is rescuing puppies, again. Bring ’em all home, Gus!
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 ❤️🐶
Halfpipe bronze medalist Nico Porteus is enjoying his time in the spotlight.
Halfpipe gold medalist Cassie Sharpe is blowing kisses.
Im still having a hard time finding the right words.. What an incredible experience! Thank you to my family for being here with me. Thank you to my coaches and all the support staff that keep me healthy! Thank you everyone sending me messages of support, It’s hard to keep up, but I see you!! I really am feeling the love! Thank you thank you!! 💜👏🏼
Halfpipe silver medalist Marie Martinod is headed back home to France.
Byron Wells is reflecting on his connection with brothers Jossi, Beau-James and Jackson.
Maggie Voisin is enjoying the ride.
Slopestyle gold medalist Øystein Bråten is being welcomed home with open arms.
Slopestyle silver medalist Nick Goepper is reveling in the Olympic experience.
Slopestyle bronze medalist Alex Beaulieu-Marchand is hoping to inspire the next generation of slopestyle skiers.
Repost from @sportcanada. “I am a little scared when I see insanely difficult tricks in a slopestyle contest because kids watching will think: “I’m never going to be able to do that, it’s too crazy, it’s too much spin, I am not a trampolinist or a gymnast, no way I will go far in slopestyle.” “I hope that what I am doing can inspire kids to think that it is possible, because I am not a trampolinist or a gymnast, I am just a skier! A friend I grew up skiing with, reminded me yesterday – someone I really looked up to – that I didn’t have much talent when I was 12 years old, I was an average skier. But I think throught passion, fun, devotion, hard work and doing creative stuff and signature moves, I was able to win a bronze Medal 🥉 “ . “J’espère que je vais pouvoir inspirer des jeunes à croire que c’est possible de se rendre ou je suis en ski slopestyle sans faire des trucks impossibles. Je ne suis pas un trampolinist ni un gymnaste ou un acrobate vraiment et a douze ans j’etais pas un skier particulièrement talentueux mais j’ai tout de même été capable de gagné une médaille Olympique par ma passion, mon travail acharné et en me démarquant des autres d’une manière ou d’une autres.” . #supportsport #pyeongchang2018 #teamcanada #equipecanada #bronze #Olympic