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Skier Gus Kenworthy: Freestyle move out of the closet
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of October 25, 2015) American skier Gus Kenworthy, aged 24, came out of the closet on October 22, 2015. His family and friends had known about his homosexuality for about two years only.
Gus Kenworthy became publicly known when he won the slopestyle silver medal at the Sotchi Olympic Winter Games in February 2014. He will now be known by even more people around the world after his coming-out via an interview in the print version of ESPN magazine, to be published on October 30, 2015.
He officially came out in a tweet consisting of three words only: “I am gay.”
In the ESPN interview, Gus explains that he has always know that he was gay.
“I’ve known that I was gay since I was like five years old.”
However, he just was unable to accept being gay and to say it to others, which was partly due to the pressure around him. He explains that professional skiing is not really the most open environment, despite its apparent coolness. His parents and friends, his rivals and sponsors live in a closed circuit where you have to adapt to fit in—otherwise you risk to be seen as rebellious, particularly by the sponsors. And like others, Gus makes about 80% of his income from sponsors and commercials.
Here are some extracts of Gus Kenworthy’s interview for ESPN, in which the young and handsome American skier comes out as gay:
For years, Gus Kenworthy played his act – like on photos or when he pretended wanting to marry actress and singer Miley Cyrus.
Even after his Olympic medal, he played his act. As if it were his biggest accomplishment – although they saw someone else in him, someone who was not gay. This made him feel incomplete and unhappy.
His mother “knew” he was gay before he told her. One of his brothers and his best friend offered their support. But all the others, i. e. the rest of the world, did not know yet.
Our friends from Arosa Gay Skiweek have seized the opportunity to congratulate Gus and to remind everyone that being gay does not exclude a person from being a great skier, and this is the proof!
For the moment though, Gus Kenworthy is the only professional slopestyle and half-pipe skier to have publicly come out. He is out, proud and happy now.
Frank-S / MensGo
(via daily press of October 22, 2015)