We’ve already reported on the grace and poise of renowned ice gazelle Adam Rippon, but there’s another, less-gazelly gay man who is also competing at the Winter Olympics this year. Gus Kenworthy, a hunky tattooed freeskier who along with Rippon is one of the first two openly gay men to ever compete in the Winter Olympics, is “excited to soak up” the Games in PyeongChang later this month.
(For our readers who were not previously aware that the Winter Olympics featured more sports than figure skating, “freeskiing” is a sport in which alpine skiers perform tricks such as “rails,” “boxes,” “jibs,” and other “obstacles” as they sashay across the snow.)
Kenworthy, who is (sadly for us) dating the actor Matt Wilkas (known for Gayby, which you should watch), recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about how it feels to have regular Haterade-drinker Mike Pence lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics this year.
“To have somebody leading the delegation that [has] directly attacked the LGBTQ community … just seems like a bad fit,” he told DeGeneres. “I feel like the Olympics is all about inclusion and people coming together, and it seems like it’s not really doing that.”
Kenworthy seemed to be echoing the words of Rippon, who made similar remarks about Pence last month. Hopefully, the two icy queens freeze out Pence at the Games and make him regret ever aspiring to higher office. Also, come on, we all know the only reason that Pence is attending the Games is because Grindr is always lit AF at the Olympic Village.
Kenworthy also opened up about posing nude for ESPN’S 2017 Body Issue, as well as his recent Head & Shoulders campaign, which broke ground as the first nationally televised commercial to feature a rainbow flag.
“When I was in the closet, I had so much pressure on my shoulders,” he told Ellen. “When I came out, that was actually the first moment I felt relieved of those stresses. It really showed in my skiing.”
In other words, that was the moment his freeskeeing truly began to feel — wait for it — free. (Sorry.)