Freestyle skier comes out, says Sochi wasn’t right time

Gus Kenworthy
In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, photo, Gus Kenworthy, a freestyle skier who won a silver medal in Sochi, poses in his home in Denver. The timing, to say nothing of the country, wasn't quite right to tell the world he was gay. And so Kenworthy left Russia last February better known as the compassionate daredevil who adopted several stray dogs he came across in the mountains _ and as the man who was part of an historic U.S. sweep of the first Olympic ski slopestyle contest. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) – Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy says he didn’t feel comfortable coming out after winning a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics. He’s ready now.

The 24-year-old revealed Thursday that he is gay in interviews with The Associated Press and ESPN The Magazine. He tells the AP he likes the idea of coming out while he’s at the top of his game, when people in his sport – especially kids – are paying attention.

His initial plan was to come out by winning a medal at the 2014 Sochi Games and kissing his then boyfriend on the hill. But he hadn’t told his family yet. He says that “would’ve been an amazing way to come out,” given the anti-gay legislature in place in Russia.

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