Olympic Freeskier Gus Kenworthy Seeks to Adopt Sochi Stray Dogs

02/13/2014 at 12:00 PM EST

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Freeskier Gus Kenworthy Seeks to Adopt Stray Dogs
Gus Kenworthy
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(Warning: This post contains spoilers. If you want to watch the broadcast Thursday on NBC, don't read any further.)

For U.S. Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy, it was love at first sight.

A friend texted the 22-year-old athlete a photo of a litter of puppies living underneath a security tent outside the main entrance of the media center in Rosa Khutor village in Sochi – and that was all he needed to spring into action.

Kenworthy, an avowed animal lover, immediately hopped on a gondola from the athletes' village to check out the pooches, according to USA Today.

The Telluride, Colo., native was swiftly smitten, taking to Twitter to share photos of him cuddling the adorable pups.

Now, he's working on taking the mother and her four puppies home with him.

"For the people wondering, I've lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointments. Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!" Kenworthy Tweeted on Wednesday.

He tells USA Today that he's already got the ball rolling on plans to try and bring the pooches stateside, saying that two pups can each share a single kennel on the flight home. The mother, however, is a little tougher, he adds, because adult dogs have stricter requirements.

"I'm trying ... I'm doing what I can," he says, noting that he's already found potential homes for the puppies – and plans to keep one for himself.

"They are like the cutest thing ever," gushes Kenworthy, who won the silver medal in men's slopestyle skiing on Thursday.

In the meantime, the animal lover – who lost Mack, a mixed breed he got from a Colorado humane society for his 11th birthday, last year – has been visiting and feeding the pups every day.

"I've been a dog lover my whole life," he says, "and to find just the cutest family of strays ever, here at the Olympics, was just a fairy tale way to have that go down."

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