Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy goes for gold again, this time as an out gay athlete

Feb. 15, 2018

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Gus Kenworthy is a freestyle skier competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics — he won a silver medal in the slopestyle event in Sochi.

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Kenworthy has said he wanted to ski up to his boyfriend after a run In the 2014 Olympics and kiss him — coming out publicly in what he called a “grand gesture.”

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He ultimately decided to wait. He came out publicly in an ESPN magazine story in 2015.

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The response was tremendously positive. “It is quite a weird sensation to set yourself up for one outcome and then get the total opposite,” he told Reuters.

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Kenworthy, who is 26, is the first male professional action sports athlete in the U.S. to come out publicly as gay.

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He’s back at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and gunning for gold.

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In South Korea, a country where being gay is still not widely accepted, activism is “more important than ever,” he said in an interview.

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He has a message for the LGBTQ communities in South Korea, too: “The LGBT community worldwide have got their back.”

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The best way to feel safe is to find a chosen family. Find your community and find your people.

— Gus Kenworthy to Mic

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At the Olympics, he’s struck up a friendship with fellow athlete Adam Rippon, a figure skater who is out as gay. “I absolutely adore him,” he said.

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Kenworthy competes in men’s slopestyle on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern. “Maybe [Rippon] will come to my event,” he said. “I have a ticket for him if he wants it.”

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