Lindsey Jacobellis and the Olympic Games have had a strange relationship.
In 2006, she looked sure to win the snowboard cross gold medal until a stumble right at the end. The fall, incidentally, came as a result of some ill-timed showboating.
In 2010 and 2014, she also missed out on medals—in Sochi, it was again in agonising fashion.
Happily, though, she will be bringing home a memento from the Olympics in Russia—a particularly adorable one.
Stray dogs have been a talking point of the Games in Sochi, where attitudes toward animals appear to be a little different. As Linda M. Lowson, Esq. of Triple Pundit reports, stray dogs have been euthanised en masse in the buildup to the Games.
Jacobellis is not the only American athlete to adopt a dog and bring it back to the U.S.
Slopestyle medalist Gus Kenworthy and Amanda Bird, bobsled and skeleton spokeswoman for the team, have also adopted, per USA Today.