Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy Explains Why Sochi Wasn’t The Right Time To Come Out

A day after publicly coming out to the world, 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist Gus Kenworthy is explaining why he waited until now to come out.

He opened up to the Tribune about his difficult decision to stay in the closet while competing in Russia:

Heading into the biggest ski contest of his life, he wasn’t all the way there. He hadn’t told his parents, or his brothers. And though he had let himself get caught up in the idea of a celebratory kiss with his boyfriend at the bottom of the hill, and the many messages it would send, he knew it couldn’t happen.

“The idea of kissing my boyfriend at the bottom of my run would’ve been, in addition to me coming out, a silent (screw) you to the anti-gay legislature in place in Russia,” he said.

Instead, his post-victory tour involved him being portrayed as the pet-loving heartthrob who brought Olympic glory to his home country. Typical of winning athletes who go on their post-Olympic interview tours, he faced questions about much more than just skiing.

Who is your celebrity crush? Miley Cyrus, Kenworthy lied.

How do you feel about saving all those dogs? He couldn’t tell the real story and so he lied again: Couldn’t be happier.

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Yesterday, Kenworthy told ESPN The Magazine: “I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do. I didn’t want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world.”

Check out Kenworthy’s coming out message posted to his various social media accounts yesterday, here.

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h/t: instinct