Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Comes Out As Gay

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I am gay.”

Simple and straight (excuse the pun) to the point. That’s what Olympic skier and certifiable cutie Gus Kenworthy captioned the above photo. Two hours before the big reveal, he tweeted, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.”

According to his interview with ESPN, he started coming out to his family and closest friends nearly two years ago. He promised himself that once he was the best skier in the world, he would come out publicly as gay. With him now being the top freeskier on the planet, the time was now.

Score one for our team. Kenworthy is beyond cute and sorta resembles actor Colton Haynes. I first noticed the 24-year-old American athlete when he competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He reached the podium for men’s freestyle skiing, snagging the silver medal.

Check out plenty of pictures below of Gus shirtless and showing off his adorable bubble butt. He’s going to be an even bigger media darling now. Let’s hope more endorsement deals are on his way and not less.

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“I am gay.

Wow, it feels good to write those words. For most of my life, I’ve been afraid to embrace that truth about myself. Recently though, I’ve gotten to the point where the pain of holding onto the lie is greater than the fear of letting go, and I’m very proud to finally be letting my guard down.

My sexuality has been something I’ve struggled to come to terms with. I’ve known I was gay since I was a kid but growing up in a town of 2,000 people, a class of 48 kids and then turning pro as an athlete when I was 16, it just wasn’t something I wanted to accept. I pushed my feelings away in the hopes that it was a passing phase but the thought of being found out kept me up at night. I constantly felt anxious, depressed and even suicidal.

Looking back, it’s crazy to see how far I’ve come. For so much of my life I’ve dreaded the day that people would find out I was gay. Now, I couldn’t be more excited to tell you all the truth. Maybe you’ve suspected that truth about me all along, or maybe it comes as a complete shock to you. Either way, it’s important for me to be open and honest with you all. Y’all have supported me through a lot of my highs and lows and I hope you’ll stay by my side as I make this transformation into the genuine me – the me that I’ve always really been.

I am so thankful to ESPN for giving me this opportunity and to Alyssa Roenigk for telling my story to the world. I think about the pain I put myself through by closeting myself for so much of my life and it breaks my heart. If only I knew then what I know now: that the people who love you, who really care about you, will be by your side no matter what; and, that those who aren’t accepting of you are not the people you want or need in your life anyway.

Part of the reason that I had such a difficult time as a kid was that I didn’t know anyone in my position and didn’t have someone to look up to, who’s footsteps I could follow in. I hope to be that person for a younger generation, to model honesty and transparency and to show people that there’s nothing cooler than being yourself and embracing the things that make you unique.” – Gus Kenworthy via Facebook

Water is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty. ? P: @shay_will

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Don't mind me, just bein' artsy AF over here…

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Hiked Bear Creek, flashed bare cheeks. #mountainbabes #freethenipple

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For the rest of his ESPN interview, click here.

  • Jason Paul

    He’s adorbs.