Olympian Says Sad Goodbye to Dog Adopted in South Korea

After competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, athlete Gus Kenworthy came home with something unexpected—and we don’t mean the silver medal he won in slopestyle skiing. Rather, he also returned to the States with a dog he rescued from a Korean meat farm to highlight animal cruelty issues abroad. Dubbing the adorable pup Keemo, Kenworthy and his partner, Matt, planned on raising the dog together after Kenworthy’s successful run in Sochi.

Tragically, though, Beemo passed away unexpectedly this weekend due to an unforeseen congenital heart condition. Taking to Instagram Saturday night, Kenworthy wrote, “Two days ago my beautiful baby Beemo passed away. It was completely unexpected and Matt and I are beside ourselves trying to cope with her loss.”

The complete post, which you can read below, goes on to detail exactly what happened with Beemo and his health, along with a touching tribute from Kenworthy and his partner.



Specifically, Kentworthy ends his loving message with a kind request, looking for some playmates for in puppy heaven—if you know one, give him or her a heads up (bark up?) about the new guy in town. You know, the one with the silver medal.

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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)

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