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In New Interview, Olympian Gus Kenworthy Talks Aspirations, Reflects as Coming Out

Wednesday Oct 10, 2018

In a sprawling new Q&A piece from Variety, Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy opens up about seeking "a second career" and finding his place in Hollywood. The athlete also reflects about coming out as gay and his 2015 ESPN interview.

In the story, called "Gus Kenworthy Wants to Be the Next Ellen DeGeneres," Kenworthy talks about the 2020 Olympics, where he sees himself in the future and much more.

"I think I would be too old for it. I was one of the older guys at this Olympics," he told Variety. "There's still a career that exists around skiing that doesn't necessarily revolve around the Olympics."

When asked about what carriers he's interested in, Kenworthy responds:

"I'm trying to dip my feet in a bunch of other areas. There's been a lot of exciting things that have almost happened, but nothing's actually happened. I've read and had camera tests for different hosting jobs. I've done a few random correspondent jobs. I had two auditions that were sent over. Both of the times, the feedback was "Hey, that was really great but just not what we're looking for." So it's OK. I really am open to whatever."

The athlete also talks about his decision to publicly come out as gay.

"I feel like most of my fears were unnecessary, and I think that tends to be the case with people who are in the closet," he told the publication. "I think you build it up to be this big thing that's worse and scarier and harder than it is. I was scared because our whole income was based on sponsorships, and you get sponsors based off your image.

"I thought there wasn't a place for a gay guy in my sport. There had never been one before me," Kenworthy added. "I came out, and it was the opposite of what I expected. I was the most endorsed athlete at the Olympics, which was kind of insane to me."

He also comments on the lack of athletes coming out in other sports.

"I really thought I was going to come out in ESPN and then suddenly other people would too, other skiers and snowboarders," Kenworthy told Variety. "I really thought it was going to happen, and it hasn't. It's not easy, and it doesn't seem to be getting easier.

"But I do think that more athletes need to come out, and athletes need to recognize that they have a responsibility to come out," he added. "It's only going to do good to have more representation and visibility."

Click here to read the Variety piece in full.


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