Gus Kenworthy Off Skiing After 2022 Olympics; Will Focus on Acting

Wednesday June 23, 2021

Gus Kenworthy is pretty booked into the New Year. "I have summer Olympics in July, and I'm doing some correspondence work for NBC, and then I'm competing in the winter Olympics in February," he says while promoting his new collaboration with CBD wellness company BEAM in a OK! Magazine report.

Then he added: "That [will] be my last games and my last competition."

The gold and silver medal winner is one of the highest-profiled LGBTQ sports celebrities since coming out in 2015 in an interview with ESPN He began by saying, "I'm gay." It was a brave move since his sport is rife with homophobia, with the term "skier fag" something of an internet meme.

Whatever fears he may have had about coming out, his career as an influencer has thrived. He was profiled in Forbes' 30 Under 30 List in Sports this way: "Reportedly the first openly gay action sports star, Kenworthy is an Olympic silver medalist and a five-time X Games medalist. He has endorsements with Visa, Monster Energy Drink, Samsung, Deloitte, 24 Hour Fitness and Atomic, among others." He has 1.2 million followers on Instagram.

Kenworthy, a British native, "made history in 2018 alongside Adam Rippon as the first two openly gay men to compete at the Winter Olympics — earned the silver medal in Men's slopestyle while representing Team USA in 2014 in Sochi," writes OK!

While competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Kenworthy had one of those kisses seen around the world when his then bf Matthew Wilkas gave him a smooch before a qualifying run in the men's slopestyle. The kiss was lauded as being a significant moment for the visibility of LGBT athletes.

For now, Kenworthy is focusing "100% on skiing and getting through the Beijing 2022 Olympics, and then after that, I think my focus will shift again."

"I will get back into acting more, and into hosting. I've had some auditions here and there."

"I'm excited for when the skiing stuff dies down," he adds, "to have some time to really focus on acting."

Kenworthy appeared in 2019 as Chet on "American Horror Story: 1984" and on "RuPaul's Drag Race." He's also set to serve as a mentor to Bachelor alum Colton Underwood, who publicly came out as gay in April, in an upcoming Netflix series.

Kenworthy took Underwood to Provincetown earlier this month along with other buds, for what will likely be part of the series.

"Reflecting on their Ptown trip, Kenworthy said: "It was just really wonderful to be surrounded by queer people again — LGBT people — after being locked away and get to chat and make new friends," he tells OK!. "That's just something that we haven't gotten to do for so long, so that was really wonderful."

Adding, "It's important that we have Pride. I just think it's important during Pride month to really reflect on what the community has been through because it is a celebration, it is love, it is rainbows in store displays and all of these things — but it also is a moment to reflect on what we've been through as a community and the fact that generations before us couldn't have had this. It's thanks to those generations that we can have it."

Check out these pics from Kenworthy's Instagram: