Gus Kenworthy Tells Us Why Coming Out Made Him a Better Athlete

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Get the rostrum prepared! Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy is headed to Pyeongchang, South Korea, after qualifying for the Olympics on Sunday, January 21, after his second-place end on the Males’s Freeski Slopestyle Finals in Mammoth Mountain in California. This would be the second Olympic journey for the Telluride, Colorado, native. He received the silver medal in males’s freestyle snowboarding on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Get to know Kenworthy, 26, within the video above!

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The athlete, who got here out after his first Olympic journey to ESPN journal in October 2015, not too long ago informed Us that opening up about his sexuality was an enormous weight off his shoulders.

“Since I got here out of the closet, I’ve gotten to simply actually be myself and really feel genuine and sincere and real,” he defined. “It’s simply been an enormous reduction for me competitively.”

Not solely has it been a reduction for the Olympic silver medalist, however he additionally thinks it has helped him focus extra as an athlete.

“On the high of the course, I used to all the time be distracted,” he revealed. “All of the completely different components of my life have been utterly compartmentalized and I had a lot to concentrate on, a lot distracting me. Now I’m simply capable of form of be current within the second and I feel it’s helped quite a bit.”

Kenworthy has additionally been capable of open up to his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, whereas coaching for the Olympics.

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“He undoubtedly helps me attempt to see the significance in different issues that I’ve in my life. [I try] not [to] put all my emphasis and the whole lot on the Olympics as a result of it’s an enormous deal, nevertheless it’s not the top all, be all,” mentioned the Olympian.


His relationship with Wilkas, 39, has opened his eyes to extra in life past snowboarding: “There’s a lot extra to life that I really like and luxuriate in and should be glad about.”

To be taught extra about Gus Kenworthy, go to  The Olympics start February eight, and can air on NBC.

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