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Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Comes Out As Gay On The Cover Of ESPN (Photos)


Today, via the cover of ESPN The Magazine, one of the best freeskiers on the planet came out as gay.

Gus Kenworthy, 24, took home a silver medal in slopestyle at last year's Sochi Olympics, and he medaled at Winter X Games Europe the year prior. But today, he won something far greater than any prize or accolade.

Today, he won his freedom. The freedom to be who he is and not worry about hiding his identity.

This is a momentous occasion for many reasons, including the fact Kenworthy competes in a sport built on images and sponsorships, and he appears confident his skill is the only thing he should be judged on.

Kenworthy worked as hard as any athlete who shares his craft, and while coming out to the public was never going to be easy, coming out shouldn't be the focal point of his life story.

The American told ESPN,

With two simple words, "I'm gay," Kenworthy let the world know he is done hiding.

His announcement was met with nothing but support from the likes of key sponsors...

...and his famous friend Miley Cyrus.

The US Freeskiing team had the 24-year-old's back, too.

The moment really sunk in when Kenworthy watched his story unfold before him on ESPN.

Check out Kenworthy's incredibly moving story in full on ESPN's website.

Citations: Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy's next bold move -- coming out (ESPN The Magazine)