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Olympic Winner Gus Kenworthy, A Gay Role Model We Should Be Proud Of

Becoming famous for actually having a talent, equals, amazing and unusual these days with. Most celebrities these day are becoming famous for absolutely nothing, other than being attractive. Well then, Gus Kenworthy, is a double whammy then. An olympic athlete and extremely easy on the eyes. More gay role models like this please.

 

Paper reports —

“I was a dark horse,” Gus Kenworthy recalls of competing in his first Olympics back in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The seven-time winner (2011-2017) of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Championships made his Olympic debut as a relative unknown, competing in what was then a brand-new sport for the Games — freestyle skiing men’s slopestyle, an event in which athletes ski down a course that includes various obstacles (like rails and jumps) that can be incorporated into tricks.

Kenworthy took home the silver medal and became a fan favorite after rescuing a mother dog and her pups from euthanization in Russia. With his profile rising, Kenworthy didn’t shy away from the limelight and instead made the brave decision to publicly come out as gay in a 2015 interview with ESPN The Magazine.

Now, as he gears up for the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea and competes in Team USA’s qualifiers, the events of the past four years have added both valuable opportunities and greater expectations. “I feel like I have a little bit more pressure, but I feel good,” he says. “I want to do well for the [LGBT community] as much as I want to do well for my country. I want to prove to people that being gay in sports is no different from being straight in sports.” Below, we chat with Gus about getting ready for the Games, LGBT issues in sports and why, despite our political tension, he’s as proud as ever to represent Team USA.

Read PAPER’s interview with Gus here papermag.com

Photography: Eric White
Grooming: Pierra Lortle
Photography: Eric White
Grooming: Pierra Lortle
Photography: Eric White
Grooming: Pierra Lortle