These 10 Dog Breeds Would Curl, Skate, and Ski to the Top of the Winter Olympics Podium
All eyes will be on athletes around the world from February 4 at this year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. And if you’re anything like us, you can’t help but wonder in which events your favorite furry friend would win gold (besides eating fast).
Wonder no more! We’ve rounded up the best doggos from around the world. They’re athletic, they’re smart, and they’re drooling for gold. Here is the 2022 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist dogs.
Figure Skating: Saluki
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She’s beauty, she’s grace – she’s the Saluki pup and she’s going to twirl all the way to the podium at the Winter Olympics. It’s not just his slender build that sets this dog apart from its competitors. Salukis are a greyhound breed, using sight rather than smell to guide its graceful numbers.
One look at the Komondors and you’ll know they were born to win gold in this Olympic sport. Virtually a mop themselves, don’t underestimate this breed’s talent in both sweeping and instinctive ability to oversee the team. This pup is not known for making curling teams around the world – they are rare as pets in most places, but are still popular in rural Hungary.
With a low center of gravity, a cool and poised personality, and a rock-solid ride that never fails, the bulldog is a shoo-in for snowboarding gold every time. But beware ! We’ve heard a rumor that Shaun White’s Frenchie Eefing Steve could be giving the English a hard time with their croquettes this year.
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The Boxer is always ready for action. With a muscular body ready and eager to go, even pushing a 384-pound bobsleigh from 0-100 is no match for this medal-winning pup! The explosive energy of these good boys is sure to bring home the gold.
Speed Skating: Greyhound
It will take the fastest dog in the world to win gold in speed skating, and we only know the pup. Greyhounds have been known to reach speeds of up to 45 mph, which means they can spot and outrun any competition.
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Don’t be fooled by the dachshund’s small physical size, they’re known to be full of spunk. When things get rowdy on the ice, they aren’t afraid to put their booties aside and do battle with larger dogs. Despite their mischievous spirit on the ice, Doxie practices positive reinforcement well and will enjoy a nap after the Olympics.
Alpine skier: Siberian Husky
belyaaa / Adobe Stock With their thick double coats, Siberian huskies are winter-loving dogs. If you have a snowy day, good luck getting your pup inside!
Lovers of snow and a cold breeze in the face, winning gold in downhill skiing feels like a walk in the park for the Siberian husky. And with their high level of stamina, they might really want to go for a walk in the park after winning this event.
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Freestyle Skiing: Jack Russell Terrier
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If there’s one thing a Jack Russell Terrier loves, it’s jumping high and jumping often. Plus, when it comes to learning new tricks and showing off his skills, you can count on this smart doggo. The only thing bigger than this pup’s energy is his big, adorable personality. You can’t help cheering this sweet pup to gold.
Cross-country skiing: German Shorthaired Pointer
Olympic cross-country skiing is no small feat. That’s why it takes the stamina of the German Shorthaired Pointer to get the job done. These good boys and girls are born athletes who are always ready for an adventure, especially if that includes going for the gold medal.
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After-ski spectator: Italian greyhound
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Someone has to cheer on our favorite doggo athletes, and no one can dress the role like the Italian Greyhound. These adorable pets have been part of royal families for centuries and they wouldn’t dare miss the social event of the year.