Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Reveals He Is Gay: ‘Today Is the First Day of My Life’

He’s here to win, no matter who he chooses to love.

Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy announced that he is gay in the cover story of ESPN The Magazine’s latest issue. The 24-year-old reveals that he began coming out to friends and family two years ago and is now ready to share his truth with the world. “I guess I should start by saying, ‘I’m gay,'” Kenworthy tells ESPN. 

The five-time world champion flips the coin on his exciting announcement by admitting that contemplated suicide while concealing who he truly was to his fans. Thus, Kenworthy decided that he would embark on his goal on becoming the world’s best freeskier and finally reveal his sexuality after the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“I was insecure and ashamed,” he says.

“Unless you’re gay, being gay has never been looked at as being cool. And I wanted to be cool.”

Kenworthy even admits to submitting to machismo that is expected of male athletes by forcing himself to sleep with women. “I literally would sleep with a girl and then cry about it afterward,” he reveals. “I’m like, ‘What am I doing? 
I don’t know what I’m doing.'”

The Olympian shares his desires to have a TV boyfriend and that he felt excitement for LGBT athletes upon Caitlyn Jenner’s big announcement in the summer, but focuses on the fact that he’s here to take home the gold.

“I want to be the guy who comes out, wins s— and is like, I’m taking names.”

Kenworthy made a separate announcement to the Twittersphere on Thursday, Oct. 22 with support from U.S. Olympic Team.

 

 

Click here to read Gus Kenworthy’s inspiring interview with ESPN.