How to Incorporate Stray Dogs Into Winter Olympic Sports

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Feb. 6 2014 10:21 PM

How to Incorporate Stray Dogs Into Winter Olympic Sports


Photo illustration by Holly Allen. Photo of Arianne Jones by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images.

Stray dogs are a problem in Sochi. So much so that the Russian government ordered a pre-games round up of the city’s canine population. But are they really a problem? Maybe if we treated them more like an Olympic X-factor, the Olympics would go a bit smoother, and we'd add to the athletic intrigue along the way. So let’s embrace an Olympics that includes the Doge Luge, as seen above.

Also the Stray Slalom, below.

dog slalom

Photo illustration by Holly Allen. Photo of Richard Freitag byLars Baron/Getty Images.


Ski jumping, with sidekick.

ski jumper with dog

There’s not actually a stray dog in this last one. The figure skating costumes are just that good.

pairs figure skating plus dog

Photo illustration by Holly Allen. Photo of Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

Holly Allen is a Slate Web designer.



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