Skier Gus Kenworthy, who won a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics and also saved all the puppies, announced today that he is gay.
Kenworthy’s decision to come out is documented in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, and Kenworthy talks candidly about the difficulties he faced as a closeted athlete:
Almost immediately, Kenworthy says, he felt pressure to fit in. Friends weren’t an issue; he was good-looking and likable, the kind of guy who gets along with everyone. But girls were an inescapable part of the role. “In skiing, there’s such an alpha male thing about pulling the hottest chicks,” Kenworthy says. “I know hooking up with hot girls doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world. But I literally would sleep with a girl and then cry about it afterward. I’m like, ‘What am I doing? I don’t know what I’m doing.’”
Kenworthy finished his 2014-2015 season as the Association of Freeskiing Professionals for the fifth year in a row.