Gus Kenworthy Seals Olympics With Historic Televised Kiss With His Boyfriend

Oscar Cross
February 21, 2018

We're no strangers to bruises at the Olympics, but skier Gus Kenworthy is replacing Michael Phelps' headline-making purple circles on his body from cupping with a much harsher reality of athletes. "But I think it's important in sports, where we have pretty minimal representation, to kind of stand beside each other and make sure that our impact can be great".

The clip is being widely shared on social media and has been greeted with positive response.

Britney Spears reached out to the athlete, tweeting: "So proud of #TeamUSA!". "To be able to do that, see this mark of affection on television for the whole world, it is incredible".

Snowboarder Gus Kenworthy hasn't been having the best of luck in PyeongChang: A few days ago, he broke his thumb during practice, posting a picture on Twitter while simultaneously dissing Vice President Mike Pence. "I would imagine it would be a huge moment for a young gay kid to see an awesome athlete so open and proud of himself and not caring what anyone thinks of his sexuality". "It shouldn't feel like a big deal and yet it does".

Speaking of the kiss in PyeongChang, Kenworthy said afterwards: "I didn't even know that that was a televised moment at all, but I think that's unbelievable".

"A kiss from his boyfriend from the bottom of the slope and a wave of rainbow flags at the bottom!"

On Friday, Kenworthy posted videos and photos of the hematoma on his Instagram story.

Speaking about the outpouring of support for the kiss, Kenworthy told NBC: "It was such a little kiss. And I think landing a run in the final and getting on the podium obviously would have been icing on the cake, but even though it didn't happen for me I still had a wonderful Olympic experience".

Kenworthy came out in a 2015 interview with ESPN, and he has been an inspiration to the LGBTQ community since.

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