Gus Kenworthy, an Olympic freeskiing champion who garnered worldwide attention when he helped find homes for five stray dogs while competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, reveals in a new ESPN magazine profile that he’s gay.
“I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do,” Gus told the magazine. “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.”
“In skiing, there’s such an alpha male thing about pulling the hottest chicks,” he said. “I know hooking up with hot girls doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world. But I literally would sleep with a girl and then cry about it afterward. I’m like, ‘What am I doing? I don’t know what I’m doing.’”
“I don’t want to make skiing less cool,” Gus added. I hear the snowboarders call us ‘skier fags.’ And it’s frustrating because I’m literally going to live up to that stereotype.”
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