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Gay skier hopes coming out will be easier in future

Olympic medalist says it was "a scary decision" to make

CNN —  

Gus Kenworthy announced his homosexuality to the world via a glossy magazine cover.

The freestyle skier, who won silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics, was slapped across the front of ESPN’s pages in October last year.

His first words to the publication were: “I guess I should start by saying, ‘I’m gay.’”

The 24-year-old American’s story brought him to international attention, with messages of support flooding in from the likes of pop star Miley Cyrus and former NBA player Jason Collins.

Yet, despite the positive reception he received, Kenworthy hopes such extensive coverage of future coming-out stories in sport will be rare.

“Someone coming out as gay shouldn’t be newsworthy, it shouldn’t be warranting a magazine cover or anything like that, which I had as my story for coming out,” Kenworthy told CNN’s World Sport show.

“I think down the line, it will make it so that it isn’t news, it doesn’t matter; so it doesn’t have to be something that’s a big announcement, just something that is what it is.”