SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 16: Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States competes during the Ladies' Snowboard Cross Finals on day nine of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Connecticut native Lindsey Jacobellis won’t come home from Sochi with a medal, but it does look like she will return home with a pet.
Over the weekend, she Tweeted out a photo and wrote “Me and my pup.”
Photo jeffarch32 Me and my pup http://t.co/4kUpLc1SIB
— Lindsey Jacobellis (@LindsJacobellis) February 15, 2014
Then, on Monday, Holly Brooks, a member of the U.S. ski team Tweeted out her own photo, saying a stray had scored a one-way ticket to the U.S.A. with Jacobellis.
— Holly Brooks (@brooksha1) February 17, 2014
Before the Olympics began in Sochi, local officials came under fire from animal activists after reports surfaced that a pest removal company the government hired had killed hundreds of dogs.
The International Olympic Committee then tried to clear up the controversy around the campaign to kill hundreds of stray dogs in the Sochi and around the Olympic Park, saying that only sick strays in Sochi were being exterminated, and others are just being taken away so they can't disrupt the Feb. 7-23 games.
Jacobellis is one of several athletes hoping to say Sochi strays. American Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy also wants to bring strays back to Connecticut.