Top freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy is on track to soar into Olympic history as the first out gay American man ever to compete in the winter games. Time got fans excited with the details as Gus becomes poised to make the U.S. proud at the 2018 games in South Korea.
The 26-year old athlete will know next month if he qualifies for the U.S. Olympic team at the Pyeongchang Games that launch on February 9. An Olympic silver medalist at Sochi in 2014, Kenworthy came out after those games in a powerful ESPN magazine cover story in 2015.
At the Sochi games, Kenworthy regrets that he was “dishonest and disingenuous” about who he is, and is aiming to “totally embrace” being a gay role model. “I so badly want to inspire that community and do well for them. It’s fucking cool,” beamed the snow stud to Time magazine.
Not to be ‘out’-done, figure skater Adam Rippon may also qualify in making 2018 the first time openly gay male Americans compete for winter Olympic medals. Kenworthy recognizes that coming out in sports for athletes is no longer the career vertical drop it once was, “My story’s indicative of change.”
This year, the Olympic Adonis has already made quite a stir off the slopes. Kenworthy bared it all in the ESPN annual “The Body” issue. Then, the sexy skier joined with MeUndies for the L.A. LGBT Center’s Pride campaign Celebrate Yourself, by posing in nothing but designer underwear.
One thing is certain, if Gus wins gold, or any other medal, he won’t accept an invite to the White House, revealing that he is not a fan of Trump’s homophobic policies and has “no interest in faking support. I don’t want to go shake his hand.”
Good luck, Gus!