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Gus Kenworthy is one Crew USA athlete you simply cannot neglect about.
After successful a silver medal on the 2014 Olympic Video games, the 26-year-old shortly caught the eye of viewers for his expertise within the snow.
And with lower than a month to go till the video games in South Korea, viewers can be delighted to know he is able to win huge as soon as once more.
In response to NBC Olympics, Gus is taken into account by many to be the world’s most well-rounded freeskiers for his expertise in halfpipe, slopestyle and large air. Not too shabby, proper?
Whereas he is definitely a pressure to be reckoned with in competitions, we won’t assist however acknowledge a few of Gus’ best accomplishments have additionally occurred away from the snow.
Because the countdown to PyeongChang continues, check out simply a few of Gus’ huge moments lately under.
His True Self: In October 2015, Gus got here out as homosexual in an interview with ESPN the Journal. “I’m homosexual. Wow, it feels good to write down these phrases. For many of my life I have been afraid to embrace that reality about myself. Not too long ago although, I’ve gotten to the purpose the place the ache of holding onto the lie is bigger than the worry of letting go, and I am proud to lastly be letting my guard down,” Gus shared on Instagram with a canopy of the journal. “For many of my life I’ve dreaded the day that folks would discover out I used to be homosexual. Now, I could not be extra excited to inform you all the reality. Whether or not you’ve got suspected all of it alongside or it is a full shock, it is essential for me to be open and sincere with you all. Y’all have supported me via a whole lot of my highs and lows and I hope you may keep by my aspect as I make this transformation into the real me—the me that I’ve at all times actually been.”
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Bare and Not Afraid: In ESPN the Journal‘s 2017 Physique Challenge, Gus joined a number of well-known athletes by posing bare on digital camera. Whereas being 100 p.c nude for shut to 6 hours within the snow is probably not essentially the most supreme scenario, it was one the Olympian would always remember. “I used to be undoubtedly nervous. I had reservations. However I used to be additionally actually excited to be part of it,” he instructed Good Morning America. “I’ve at all times been a fan of The Physique Challenge. I feel it is such a lovely problem that they do—and it showcases so many various kinds of our bodies and athletes—so it was an honor.”
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Second the Finest: Whereas competing within the 2014 Winter Video games, Gus walked away along with his very first silver medal within the freestyle skiing-slopestyle occasion. “It has been fairly surreal to this point,” he instructed Kristi Yamaguchi after his win. “I feel that was the most effective slopes run I’ve ever achieved. I feel it was actually clear and I am actually pleased with it and it labored out for me.”
Severe Smiler: Again in 2014, Gus grew to become buddies with Miley Cyrus after revealing she was his movie star crush. He even requested her to be his Valentine. Whereas they might not have been capable of take pleasure in a February 14 date, the “We Cannot Cease” singer did invite the silver medalist to her Bangerz tour in Denver. And when Gus got here out as homosexual, Miley was probably the most vocal supporters. “By no means have I ever been prouder to name @guskenworthy my pal! ( and he is a nasty ass f–king Olympic athlete),” she wrote on Instagram. “He’s displaying all of us what it means to be brave and PROUD of who we’re! You’ve received a lot greater than any medal …. You’ve received FREEDOM!”
Pet Love: Throughout his expertise in Sochi, Gus captured the hearts of thousands and thousands when he made it his mission to rescue as many stray puppies as he may. Regardless of a number of authorities roadblocks, Gus was capable of reunite with puppies he rescued from the streets of Russia throughout an look on Right now. He additionally impressed others at dwelling to make a distinction. “We have had individuals come as much as each of us and inform us what they both donated to the Humane Society or went and adopted a canine right here, in order that’s superior to see,” Gus mentioned on NBC’s morning present. “I feel that we’re actually simply hoping to deliver consciousness to the plight of the canine in Russia and hopefully arrange some shelters and stuff there.”
The Winter Olympics start February eighth on NBC.