Gus Kenworthy is the shit. This is tremendous news. Welcome to the team!
Olympic athlete and top-ranked, 24-year-old freeskier Gus Kenworthy is on the cover of ESPN and he’s telling the world finally that he’s gay. He’s the face of the X Games and is considered the “top freeskier on the planet.” He won Olympic silver at Sochi, but that didn’t mean that Kenworthy felt confident that his teammates or others would support him.”I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do,” Kenworthy says. “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.”Although he says that he’s known he was gay since he was 5, he only started coming out to his friends and family two years ago, according to the story.”I was insecure and ashamed,” he says. “Unless you’re gay, being gay has never been looked at as being cool. And I wanted to be cool.”Kenworthy says he was always asked about girlfriends and part of the stress was that he wanted a “TV boyfriend, explaining: “That’s actually something I want so bad — a TV boyfriend.”(We also remember when he adopted those cute puppies, and everyone wanted to be his friend.)It turns out this story by Alyssa Roenigk is part of ESPN’s ongoing series exploring what it means to be an openly gay athlete at the moment and will include stories focused on Derrick Gordon, Megan Rapinoe, Chris Mosier, and others. ESPN The Magazine’s “Being Out” issue on newsstands Oct. 30.
He ain’t bad looking, either.