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Olympics

    U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy had less-than-kind words for one of his fellow Americans at the closing ceremony for 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. >> PHOTOS: 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics - Closing Ceremony “So proud of all these people!” he said after sharing a picture. “Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony!” >> See the tweet here “Well… Everyone except Ivanka,” he continued, mentioning the first daughter. “Honestly, tf is she doing here??” >> Read more trending news  Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter, led the presidential delegation in the closing ceremonies. Vice President Mike Pence appeared at the beginning of the Olympics to lead the presidential delegation in the opening ceremonies. Pence made headlines when he sat down for the Korean delegation, which included athletes from both North and South Korea. Many criticized Kenworthy’s shot. Others made political jokes at Ivanka Trump’s expense.
  • After rescuing dogs at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy has rescued another puppy. People reported that Kenworthy announced he and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, rescued a puppy named Beemo. The Associated Press reported that the two visited visited a dog farm in Siheung, South Korea, Friday. >> Read more trending news  “This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” Kenworthy said in an Instagram post. “Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here.” Kenworthy said that the farm he and Wilkas visited was being permanently closed due to the work of the Humane Society International and a farmer’s cooperation. The 87 dogs, some which are expecting litters of puppies, at the farm are being taken to North America, according to The AP. Related: 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Gus Kenworthy? Beemo is among those dogs. “I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks,” Kenworthy wrote. “I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!” At the Sochi games, Kenworthy rescued a mother dog and three puppies. Although one puppy did not survive, the mother, Mamuchka, lives with Kentworthy’s mother in Telluride, Colorado, and Mishka and Jake live with Kentworthy’s ex-boyfriend, Robin Macdonald, in Vancouver. “I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the U.S., where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes,” Kenworthy said. The AP reported that the dogs on the farm will be vaccinated and quarantined on the farm until March.
  • The United States has defeated Canada 3-2 to win the gold medal in women’s hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics. >> PHOTOS: 2018 Winter Olympics: U.S. women's hockey team wins gold >> Read more trending news 
  • One skier who competed in the women's halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics really stood out – but not for her skills. >> Watch her halfpipe run here >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics American Elizabeth Swaney, a member of Hungary's team who finished in last place Monday after a qualifying run that Deadspin described as 'thoroughly average,' apparently was able to game the Olympics' quota system to get to Pyeongchang. She also met another requirement – cracking the top 30 at a World Cup event – because many of those events featured fewer than 30 competitors. >> All the curling stones used in every Olympics have come from the same small island “The field is not that deep in the women’s pipe, and she went to every World Cup, where there were only 24, 25 or 28 women,” International Ski Federation judge Steele Spence told the Denver Post. “She would compete in them consistently over the last couple years, and sometimes girls would crash so she would not end up dead last.' >> Read more trending news  The 33-year-old from California was able to snag a spot on Hungary's team instead of the more competitive U.S. team because her grandparents are Hungarian, Deadspin reported. She also skied for Venezuela, where her mother is from, in World Cup events. >> Mikaela Shiffrin of Team USA wins Olympic gold medal in women's giant slalom In Pyeongchang, Swaney didn't attempt any fancy tricks and finished last – but she didn't fall. 'It is an honor to compete at the Olympics, and I am really excited to compete among other amazing women from across the world,' Swaney said, according to Reuters. She added: 'I hope this can be a platform to inspire others.
  • Few people quite understand what exactly curling is, but every four years, people across the world suddenly find themselves invested in a sport that, at first glance, can be described as people pushing rocks across ice with brooms. >> On Rare.us: A French ice dancer somehow kept her cool in the Olympics’ latest wardrobe malfunction For those who are using this year’s go-around to learn what they can about the sport, here’s a fun fact to tell at the next watch party: Olympic curling rocks aren’t just any old bits of earth; they all come from the exact same kind of stone from the exact same place. >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics According to the Huffington Post, the curling stones are made from a specific kind of granite that can only be located on a deserted island off the coast of Scotland.  >> Read more trending news  The island — Ailsa Craig, also known as “Paddy’s milestone” — is a volcanic plug, meaning it coalesced over an extinct volcano, apparently leaving the granite in the perfect condition to make curling stones. All the stones used during the Olympic Winter Games are produced by the only company with rights to the Ailsa Craig granite: Kays of Scotland, which has been creating the stones since 1851. According to the Huffington Post, thousands of tons of two varieties of stone are removed from the ground once every decade: a blue hone granite, which is impenetrable by ice and water and makes up the insert and running band of the curling stone, and a green granite that composes the body of the stone. There is apparently a third variety, red hone granite, but it isn’t used in curling stones. Read more here.
  • Audiences won’t be seeing much more of Adam Rippon during the 2018 Winter Olympics after all. USA Today previously reported that the 28-year-old figure skater had accepted a job as a correspondent with NBC, but it appears Rippon has changed his mind. >> Read more trending news  Rippon’s decision to decline the offer stems from the fact that he would have to relinquish certain privileges were he to make the jump from Olympian to TV correspondent. “I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village,” Rippon initially said in an interview with NBC Sports Network, via USA Today. “It’s so important to me, you know. I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really feel like I need to be there for them during their events.” Related: 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Adam Rippon? Rippon said on Twitter he found out about the offer on the social media platform. He also repeated similar comments about his decision to turn down the offer. Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics, has garnered the attention of milllions through his candid and colorful interviews. He earned a bronze medal in team competition, and he finished in 10th place in the singles competition, a big accomplishment that has left him extremely proud. “To come away from this Olympic Games to skate three clean programs in the midst of what seems like a lot going on, and a top-10 finish in the individual event and a bronze medal (in the team event), I think this is sort of like a dream Olympic Games for me,” Rippon told reporters after his men’s free skate event Saturday. “I think I’ve shown the world that I’m a fierce competitor, but I think I’ve shown them that I’m also a fierce human being.” While he’s used his platform as an Olympic athlete to speak out against Vice President Mike Pence and his stances on the LGBT community, Rippon doesn’t want his sexuality to distract from the person he is. “I’ve gotten a lot of attention I think just for being myself. I think that a lot of people, when they come to a competition, are afraid to be themselves no matter who they are,” he said. “I think one thing that I want people to come away with from this competition is that I’m not a gay icon or America’s gay sweetheart — I’m just America’s sweetheart, and I’m just an icon. And if you have a personality like mine, it’s for everybody.”
  • In one of the strangest stories that we’ve seen out of the 2018 Winter Olympics, beloved bear Winnie the Pooh is making a comeback. >> Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz wows with 'Game of Thrones' costume The lovable bear is the unofficial mascot of Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu. Every time Hanyu takes to the ice, he keeps a stuffed bear on the side of the rink for good luck, often bowing to the toy before performing, Time magazine reported. Fans know of Hanyu's love for the character and throw Winnie the Pooh bears onto the rink. The carefree bear has proved to be a pretty effective spirit animal for Hanyu, who is considered by some to be the best figure skater in history. >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics And the bears aren’t wasted, either. After Hanyu leaves the ice, the stuffed animals are collected and donated to local charities. Too racy for the Olympics? Figure skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir tone down controversial lift The 23-year-old won a gold medal in Pyeongchang on Saturday, making him the first male skater since 1952 to win back-to-back Olympic golds. In a New York Times profile of the star, the paper wrote that thousands of Hanyu’s fans traveled to South Korea to see him compete. Some of them wore Winnie the Pooh hats while others donned Winnie the Pooh costumes. >> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class >> Read more trending news  And the story of Hanyu’s gold medal performance has the kind of storybook twists and turns that you might expect from something a lot more dramatic than Winnie the Pooh. In the months leading up the games, when he should have been entering his final round of preparation, Hanyu suffered an injury to his ankle that threatened his performance. But, in a comeback story for the ages, the Japanese star managed to return with a vengeance, cementing himself as the greatest ice skater in the world. And, Winnie the Pooh was there on the sidelines for the entire thing.
  • “Game of Thrones” fans from around the world were loving German Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz’s costume at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics Fentz was clearly not on the fence when it came to a tribute to the character Jaime Lannister, and neither were people on the internet when it came to voicing positive opinions about it. >> Too racy for the Olympics? Figure skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir tone down controversial lift The Olympian also skated to the “Game of Thrones” soundtrack. Here's what fans had to say: >> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class Even commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were into it. >> Read more trending news  “It was not his best, but a Lannister always pays his debts,” Lipinski said. “This music gets me.”
  • Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States has won the gold medal in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics. >> MORE: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin? | Photo gallery >> Read more trending news 
  • He’s not even competing this year, but Michael Phelps is making Olympic headlines. The record-holding medal-winner announced via Instagram that his family has added another bundle of joy. Phelp’s wife Nicole gave birth to the couple’s second son, Beckett Richard Phelps, the “Today” show reported. The Olympian made the announcement via Instagram. The couple’s first son, Boomer, is 1 and can be seen holding his little brother, USAToday reported. “Boomer” posted to “his” Instagram account too, saying he can’t wait to hold the newborn. >> Read more trending news  Phelps is the most decorated Olympian, CNN reported. According to Olympics officials, Phelps has been awarded 23 gold, three silver and two bronze medals over his career as an Olympian. He competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Games.