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U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy comes out as gay

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The Olympic skier who helped find homes for five stray dogs from Sochi now comes out as gay in ESPN The Magazine to be free and help others find their way through their journeys.

ESPN The Magazine's latest issue has quite the cover boy.
ESPN The Magazine's latest issue has quite the cover boy.
ESPN The Magazine

Gus Kenworthy, who won a silver medal in skiing's slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, has come out as gay in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Kenworthy made a name for himself in Sochi when he decided to find homes for five stray dogs from Sochi.

From ESPN:

Gus Kenworthy began coming out to his family and closest friends nearly two years ago. His mom said she knew. His brother said he was proud. His best friend voiced unrelenting support. And if Gus Kenworthy were an average 24-year-old, the announcement—the story—might have ended there. But Gus Kenworthy is not an average 24-year-old. He is the top freeskier on the planet, an Olympic medalist, the face of the X Games. He is an elite athlete competing in the world of action sports, where sponsors—and income—is inextricably linked to image. In other words, he is an athlete with a lot to lose. But Gus Kenworthy is ready to tell that sport, his sport, his truth. And so, as we sit down together in Los Angeles in September, he begins the only way he knows how: "I guess I should start by saying, ‘I'm gay.'"

Mind you, Kenworthy was going through this as a gay men in Sochi. He joins other Olympians from Sochi, like Eric Radford and John Fennell.