ManCrush: Gus Kenworthy
Gus Kenworthy represented the United States at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in slopestyle in Sochi in 2014. In 2018 in PyeongChang, he finished in 12th place.
For the Winter Olympics in 2022, Kenworthy switched teams – competing for the UK instead of the US. Kenworthy was able to make the switch as he holds a British passport.
Kenworthy’s mother is British. He was born in Chelmsford in England in 1991, but at the age of two the family moved to the US where his father was from. Kenworthy grew up and went to school in Colorado, and began skiing from an early age. He now lives in Los Angeles.
Kenworthy is a freestyle skier. He competed in slopestyle, halfpipe, and big air, winning his first AFP World Championships title in 2011.
Kenworthy was dating actor Matthew Wilkas for a number of years. A kiss that the couple shared on the slopes of PyeongChang at the Winter Olympics was broadcast around the world.
“It was such a tame kiss…” recalls Kenworthy, speaking to the BBC. “For sure I’d have made it more dramatic if I’d known it was going to be this big deal moment!”
“As a kid, if I’d seen that, it would have signalled to me that I was OK, that I was safe, there was a future for me. It would probably have saved me a lot of years of heartache.”
Kenworthy and Wilkas have since separated.
Politically active and outspoken, Kenworthy advocates for LGBTQ equality.