Team USA Poses With Puppies, Kittens, And Even Pigs!

What better way to calm Olympic nerves than playing with baby animals?

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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Credit: IOC / Jean Chung

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea are a little over a month away and people are either excited, nervous, or could care less (three guesses where I fall – I’m here for the animals!). Whether you’re the sporty type or not, The Olympic Games are a century old tradition, connecting the world through friendly competition, captivating even the cynics. The International Federations of sport are non-governmental organizations who administer the competition on a global scale. As each Olympic event passes, each host country attempts to be bigger and better.

Young athletes from all over the world invest their blood, sweat and tears into training with the hopes of making their national team. This year, Team USA is comprised of about 240 athletes. 20 of them posed for photos with some fluffy partners!

The athletes definitely went for the gold with these photos – the Golden Retriever of course!

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Credit: USOC / NBC Olympics

Chloe Kim is a 17 (!) year-old snowboarder. She tells Us Weekly that in her down time she binge watches The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsNarcos, and Orange Is The New Black. Same, girl, same!

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Credit: USOC / NBC Olympics

This Pug doesn’t seem to enjoy all the hugs he’s getting from the figure skater, but Jason’s expression makes up for the dog’s. No scandal here.

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Credit: USOC / NBC Olympics

We’d definitely hold up this tiny kitten like a prize too! Mikaela looks so happy, she should have brought that kitten home.

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