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13 Olympians Who Love Their Dogs

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            Over 16 days, more than 11,500 sportsmen and women have participated in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Athletes have travelled from all over the world to take home a gold for their country. But despite donning medals and smashing world records, many Olympians are counting down the days until they get to see their dogs again. Here are our 12 favourite Olympians whose canines are both cuddling companions and training buddies.

1. US gymnast Aly Raisman always enjoys a morning cuddle with one of her three maltipoo munchkins: Magic, Coco and Gibson.

No makeup and sweats.... Nothing bettttta (in my best Boston accent)

A photo posted by Alexandra Raisman (@alyraisman) on


2. Mack Horton might be an Olympic gold-winning Australian swimmer, but his dog Mila takes the medal for best beach hair.

The big scary dogs at the Beach had Mila frightened so she insisted we hold hands

A photo posted by uoʇɹoɥ ʞɔɐɯ (@mackhorton) on


3. Harold the havanese gets to share the spotlight with his superstar tennis owners, Serena and Venus Williams.


4. Amy Hastings (USA) involves her bulldog Gabby on her marathon training runs – even if the chubby pup only makes it 10 metres.


5. Whereas British cyclist Brad Wiggins seems to be the one BEING walked.

Cold morning walk with the Lions #brassmonkey

A photo posted by Sir Wiggo (@bradwiggins) on


6. Hungarian gold-medalist Katinka Hosszu had a recent fluffy addition to the family.

The new member of the Tusup family: Toos 🐶 A Tusup család új tagja: Toos 🐶

A photo posted by Iron Lady (@hosszukatinka) on


7. But for US gymnast Simone Biles, it's 'the more, the merrier' with four German Shepherds & counting.

#internationaldayofhappiness ❤️🐶

A photo posted by Simone Biles (@simonebiles) on


8. We’re not surprised that American freestyle swimming champion Conor Dwyer hangs out with puppies that have pool-blue eyes. 

Sunday chillin with baby blue

A photo posted by Conor Dwyer (@conorjdwyer) on


9. Just like it’s no shock that Juno, Michael Phelps’ frenchie, has her own Instagram, @msjuno.

Nothing like a daddy daughter afternoon nap 😍 #daddysgirl #frenchielove

A photo posted by Juno (@msjuno) on


10. While British cyclist Laura Trott's way of unwinding is a walk around the park with her three pups...

Family day well spent with my boys 😘 x

A photo posted by Laura Trott (@laura_trott31) on


11. For track & field star Brianna Rollins (USA), it's about cruising with her pucker-up pooch, Buddy.

Kisses for my mommy😙

A photo posted by Brianna Rollins (@brirollin) on


12. US steeplechase champ Emma Coburn finds that rest day means canine time.

Back in Boulder with my pup. All is right with the world ❤️

A photo posted by Emma Coburn (@emmacoburn) on


13. While American 1500-metre runner Brenda Martinez has more than enough competition for her affections. 

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