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Gus Kenworthy becomes second openly gay man to compete in the Winter Olympics!

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Silver medalist Gus Kenworthy of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Slopestyle on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Gus Kenworthy has become the first action sports star and the second openly gay athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

The hunk won his place when he won the Slopestyle Finals in Colorado and for coming in second at the Freeski Slopestyle Finals in Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

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Adam Rippon (Copyright Adam Rippon on Twitter)

He isn’t a stranger to the Olympics either, having previously won a medal at the 2014 Olympics, but he came out after that in an interview with ESPN magazine in 2015.

The 26-year-old joins figure skater Adam Rippon, who became the first out athlete to quality for the games earlier this month.

Gus previously told reporters that “nothing would make me happier” than competing at the games again, hoping to be a positive representation for the U.S. and the LGBTQ community.

”There are all these stereotypes and stigmas that people have associated in their mind over time but nothing breaks barriers down more than visibility or representation. Having someone at the Olympics, the pinnacle event in sports, competing against the best in the world and being out and proud and gay and getting a medal, it would be amazing.

“There is pressure that comes with this responsibility and I feel I have a responsibility to the LGBT community now. I want to lead by example and I want to be a positive example and an inspiration for any kids that I can.”

Both sportstars have stated they would turn down a visit to the White House, if invited.

Adam told the BBC: “It’s our duty, as athletes, to be role models. I won’t go to the White House. I won’t go because I don’t think somebody like me would be welcome there. I know what it’s like to go into a room and feel like you’re not wanted there.
He added: “Given this platform of being an Olympic athlete, I think it’s really important that we stand up for what we believe in, and we speak out against things that we think are wrong and unjust.”

Gus told TIME: “I have no interest in faking support. I don’t want to go shake his hand. That is just a direct attack on the LGBT community. It shows more courage to leave the house as a trans person than Trump has ever had to show.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang in South Korea from 9-25 February.

Written by Philip Brown

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