How do we know Olympians are extraordinary humans? Besides the incredible feats on ice and snow? And the years of intense training?
Because Olympians, despite packed schedules, still find time in their days to love other species, and especially ones of the canine variety.
Friday marks the official Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang — and we're so geared up that we did some heavy Instagram stalking of Team USA.
We found that the thing they most shared, besides pride for their country and strong muscles, is a love of dogs. In fact, many credit their dogs with being instrumental to their well-being, happiness, and drive to win.
Below is a round-up of Olympic hopefuls with their pups — many of whom have their own Instagram accounts, in case you need more cute fur babies on your feed. (You know you do.)
Lindsey Vonn & Lucy, Leo and Bear
Along with being an Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, Lindsey Vonn is also mama to three rescue dogs — Lucy, Leo and Bear Vonn, who share an Instagram account @vonndogs.
What do you think Lindsey Vonn is most proud of? Her fur babies or her medals? We won’t ask you to guess, we’ll just let you enjoy this adorable video of Lucy chasing after her mama on the slopes.
And Lucy even made her way to South Korea with mom.
Gus Kenworthy & The Sochi Pups
When freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy came out of the closet in a Tweet in 2015, he made history. But his real act of heroism was when he brought home a number of stray puppies from Sochi after winning a silver medal in the 2014 Olympics.
The pups are now fully grown, and live the good life with Gus and his family. Their names are Jake and Mishka (@thesochipups).
Shaun White & Leroy
Snowboarder Shaun White wants everyone to think he’s a bad boy, but really, he’s a softie. Especially for his doggo Leroy, a Morkie who travels in a Louis Vuitton carrier bag.
It goes without saying that Leroy, whose personal Instagram is @leroythegoodboy, is his dad’s sidekick through illness and in health.
Mirai Nagasu & Lincoln
Mirai Nagasu is one of the three members of the USA Women’s Figure Skating team. She’s totally comfortable in sparkles and sharp blades, but when she’s really herself, she’s with her dog, Lincoln. (Lincoln doesn't have an Instagram account of his own yet but Mirai shares quite a few pics on her own account @mirainagasu.)
Alex and Maia Shibutani & Lily and Po
Brother and sister duo Alex and Maia Shibutani share a lot — parents, a last name, a dream to win a medal together in ice dancing at the 2018 Olympics.
They also share Lily and Po (@lilyandpo), two Maltese dogs who love to watch their parents from the sidelines.
Chloe Kim & Reese the Mini Aussie
Chloe Kim is one of the most impressive people ever to do the half pipe on a snowboard. She’s also the mother to Reese, a mini Aussie who loves the snow…
…almost as much as she loves sharing her life on Instagram @reesetheminiaussie.
Kelly Clark & Iris the Golden
Kelly Clark won a gold medal in snowboarding in the 2002 Olympics — and has competed in Olympics since. Even though she’s proud her mom qualified for Team USA yet again, @iristhegoldenretriever didn’t want Kelly to leave for this year’s competition.
Matt Antoine & Dixie
Skeleton racer, Matt Antoine, loves his Golden Retriever rescue so much that they share an Instagram account (@mattanddixie). While Matt won a bronze medal as part of Team USA in Sochi in 2014 (the first U.S. medal in men's skeleton since 2002), Dixie is pretty close to medaling herself ... in cutness.
Hilary Knight & Winnie
A member of Team USA’s female hockey team, Hilary Knight loves ice, and sleeping late with her bulldog, Winnie (@winnietheton).
Olympians, they're just like us (in that way anyway)!
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