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Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy comes out as gay

Joe Williams October 22, 2015
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World-champion skier Gus Kenworthy has come out as gay.

Olympic medallist Gus Kenworthy has revealed he is gay in a recent interview.

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy comes out as gay

He said that he wanted to wait until he was the best in the world at freestyle skiing before opening up about his sexuality.

The 24-year-old took home a silver medal at the Sochi games in Men’s freestyle skiing – but later revealed that second place just wasn’t good enough.

“I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do,” he told EPSN magazine.

“I didn’t want to come out as the silver medallist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world.”

He also discussed the difficulties of denying his sexuality whilst at the games, often telling reporters he was straight – despite the fact that his boyfriend was there supporting him.

“Part of [the stress] is the fact that I’ve never had a TV boyfriend. That’s actually something I want so bad – a TV boyfriend,” he revealed.

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy comes out as gay

In an amazing year for the skier, he finished the season’s number one skier despite vowing to retire earlier in the year.

The Olympic medallist revealed his sexuality as part of a cover story sharing a link to the interview on his Twitter account and writing; “I am gay.”

Earlier this month, American figure skater Adam Rippon also came out as gay.

The champion silver medallist spoke out about his sexuality in Skating magazine – in which he tackled head-on the stereotypes of the sport.

He said: “Being gay is not something that defines me. What defines me is what my mom always taught me: to treat everyone with respect, to always be a hard worker and to be kind.”

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