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Gus Kenworthy Talks Bond with Adam Rippon: We'll Be 'Friends for Life' (but We Aren't Dating)

Gus Kenworthy Talks Bond with Adam Rippon: We'll Be 'Friends for Life' (but We Aren't Dating)

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It’s the friendship that launched a thousand retweets … and at least a few mistaken assumptions about romance. Skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon have stirred social media buzz throughout the 2018 Winter Olympics, not just for being the only two openly gay men on Team USA but also because they’ve been more than willing to document their time together on Instagram and Twitter. Kenworthy, 26, sat down with PEOPLE this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, not long after a disappointing showing in the men’s slopestyle event, where he won an Olympic silver medal four years ago. Among other topics he talked about his friendship with the 28-year-old Rippon, how they met and how they’ll probably be stuck together for good. (The night of the interview, their families were planning to ge
Gus Kenworthy Looks Forward After Coming Last in Olympic Event: 'I Still Have a Lot to Be Proud Of'

Gus Kenworthy Looks Forward After Coming Last in Olympic Event: 'I Still Have a Lot to Be Proud Of'

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Four years ago, American freeskier Gus Kenworthy earned a silver medal in the men’s slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Games — though that achievement was tangled up with a secret he had long been keeping: He was gay. On Sunday, and more than two years after coming out in ESPN the Magazine, Kenworthy returned to the snow to defend his Olympic medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This time he was one of two openly gay athletes competing for Team USA, along with figure skater Adam Rippon. (He was also skiing with a broken thumb and a bruised hip.) While Kenworthy, 26, made a strong showing in the slopestyle qualifying earlier Sunday (which aired Saturday night stateside), he turned in three sub-par runs in the final later on Sunday and landed in last place. Teammate Nick Goepper, with whom Ke
Britney Spears Shouts Out Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy on Twitter Ahead of His Competition

Britney Spears Shouts Out Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy on Twitter Ahead of His Competition

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American freeskier Gus Kenworthy may be competing at the South Korean Winter Olympics with a broken thumb and a hip bruise, but he just got some very special celebrity encouragement on Twitter. “So proud of #TeamUSA!! Hey @guskenworthy, gimme, gimme more on the slopes today!!” Britney Spears tweeted on Saturday afternoon ahead of Kenworthy’s slopestyle event on Sunday (which airs Saturday night stateside). Spears, 36, hashtagged her message of encouragement “#ItsGusBitch,” and the whole thing sent the 26-year-old Kenworthy into exclamatory joy. “Oh. My. God. Was really not prepared to wake up to this,” he responded, retweeting her message. ” Not sure how I’m gonna ski today because I’m LITERALLY dead now but I’m gonna go that extra mile for you, Britney! Ilysm!!!” Keep Following PEOPLE’s C
Olympian Gus Kenworthy on His Impact as the 'Gay Skier' — and What Happened to Those Sochi Dogs

Olympian Gus Kenworthy on His Impact as the 'Gay Skier' — and What Happened to Those Sochi Dogs

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Four years ago, Gus Kenworthy was one of three American men on the podium after their slopestyle skiing victory in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Along with Joss Christensen, who took gold, and Nick Goepper, who earned bronze, the silver-medaling Kenworthy helped to achieve a rare country sweep — and it was a performance that would help push him to break another barrier. The following year, Kenworthy announced he was gay on the cover of ESPN the Magazine, the first American action sports competitor to do so. “I think Sochi, in a way, is the reason I came out,” Kenworthy, 26, told PEOPLE in the fall before heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Winter Games. “Having an Olympic medal validates that you can be a successful freeskier … It’s like a credential that sticks with you t
Gus Kenworthy Tears Up Over Tragic Death of His Best Friend: 'I Felt Guilt He Died and Not Me'

Gus Kenworthy Tears Up Over Tragic Death of His Best Friend: 'I Felt Guilt He Died and Not Me'

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Before free skier Gus Kenworthy hit the Pyeongchang slopes at the 2018 Winter Olympics, he made a visit to E!’s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry where he broke down in tears recalling the death of his best friend Brooks “Hoot” Brown. Brown died in March 2006 while at a sunset photoshoot at Colorado’s Telluride Ski Resort after falling sideways off the back of a snowcat snow-grooming machine and getting caught in the tracks. He was just 16. Kenworthy, 26, was by his friend’s side at the time along with two of their other friends. The pals has piled on the back of the snowcat to get to the top of the mountain, which was closed at the time. The tragic loss left Kenworthy questioning whether he wanted to continue with skiing. “I didn’t think I wanted to continue skiing after Hoot passed away,
Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Bruises Hip Not Long After Breaking Thumb — But He'll Still Compete

Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Bruises Hip Not Long After Breaking Thumb — But He'll Still Compete

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Freeskier Gus Kenworthy posted a picture of his shattered thumb on Twitter, but assured Team USA fans that he would still compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The superstar Olympian is in Pyeongchang, South Korea, defending his silver medal win at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014. But the 26-year-old shocked fans by posting a pair of startling pictures to Twitter on Friday morning showing his broken right thumb in a cast. Fortunately, he calmed any fears that he wouldn’t be able to compete — and he took a jab at Mike Pence in the process by saying the injury would keep him from shaking the VP’s hand. “Broke my thumb yesterday in practice,” he wrote. “It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so… Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and li
Gus Kenworthy Cheers on Fellow Gay Olympian Adam Rippon During Figure Skating: 'So Proud of You'

Gus Kenworthy Cheers on Fellow Gay Olympian Adam Rippon During Figure Skating: 'So Proud of You'

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As figure skater Adam Rippon took the ice for his free skate portion of the men’s event at the 2018 Winter Olympics, he was cheered on by friend and fellow out gay athlete Gus Kenworthy. “It was so nice that they came to the event and I’ll be cheering for Gus tomorrow,” Rippon told reporters afterward. “But to have the support of my friends and family here in the audience, it means the world to me.” The 28-year-old was seen giving a wave to Kenworthy, 26, who according to his Instagram was sitting with his boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, and another friend in the stands at the ice arena. The freestyle skier will compete on Sunday in men’s slopestyle, having earned a silver in that same event four years ago. From the stands during figure skating, Kenworthy’s group held up a rainbow flag for Rippon