Gus Kenworthy – World Best Freeskier: “I’m Gay”
In an interview with ESPN The Magazine that was done in September, but published just recently, Gus Kenworthy came out as gay.
Gus Kenworthy (24) is one of the best freeskiers in the world and Olympic silver medalist in Sochi 2014.
He said that he knew that he is gay since the age of 5, but was keeping at as a secret. He started coming out to family and closest friends two years ago.
Kenworthy told ESPN The Magazine: "I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn't do. I didn't want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world."
While in Sochi, after winning the silver medal, he captured headlines when he adopted five stray puppies that had been living outside an Olympic media center. A photo of him cuddling with five stray puppies went viral on the internet, and he gained a huge number of followers on social media.
Kenworthy expressed that he is worried how this action will affect his sports career. He said: "They say it's a community of individuals and everyone is doing their own thing and it's not a team sport, so you get to be yourself. But you don’t really.”
“Everyone wears a Red Bull or Monster or Rockstar cap, a T-shirt and jeans and skate shoes. Everyone drives the same type of car and listens to the same kind of music. The industry isn't the most embracing of someone who's different. I'm nervous about that."