Gus Kenworthy Profile

  • Kenworthy is an internationally regarded role model uniquely positioned at the intersection of extreme sports and LGBT activism.

  • A highly decorated athlete, Kenworthy is an Olympic silver medalist in freestyle skiing.

  • Kenworthy balances a high-profile career of training, acting, and advocacy.
  • Olympic silver medalist, Gus Kenworthy changed the landscape of sports culture in 2015 when he became the first skier to come out as gay. With over 1.7 million Instagram followers, Kenworthy balances a high-profile life as a pro-skier, actor, and LGBT advocate. In 2019, the freestyle skier raised at least $250,000 toward AIDS research while completing a 545 mile bike ride for charity.

    Kenworthy’s competitive career began when he submitted a one-minute video showcasing his abilities in hopes of gaining a spot in the Jon Olsson Invitational. The compilation created a buzz and Kenworthy received his first offer for sponsorship from company in France.

    In addition to the silver medal that he won at the Sochi Olympics, Kenworthy has won 5 X-games medals and seven world championships.

    Kenworthy’s desire to be his true self prompted his decision to come out publicly via the cover of ESPN the Magazine. In 2018, he made history by becoming one of the first openly gay men (along with American figure skater Adam Rippon) to compete in the Winter Olympics.

    Kenworthy has appeared in the sitcom Will & Grace and was cast as a regular in American Horror Story: 1984.

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      Gus Kenworthy is a motivational speaker, activist, Olympic Skier, and Silver Medalist. As a member of the U.S. Olympic slopestyle team, Gus won four straight AFP overall titles and a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi Russia. In 2015, he became famous as the first openly gay, male-action-sports athlete when came he out in the October 2015 edition of ESPN the Magazine. Since then, Gus has used his voice as a spokesperson for LGBTQ advocacy.

      Born and raised in Telluride, Colorado, Gus has skied his whole life. At the age of 16, he compiled footage of his skiing into a one-minute video submission for the Jon Olsson Invitational—one of free skiing’s most prestigious events. The video quickly turned the heads of industry professionals, helping Gus pick up his first sponsor, and his professional career took off.

      As a member of the inaugural U.S. Olympic slopestyle team, Gus made his country and sport proud by crushing the Russian slopestyle course and taking home the silver medal. Together with fellow teammates, Joss Christensen and Nick Goepper, they swept the podium for the USA. It was only the third U.S. podium sweep in Winter Olympic Games history.

      Gus continues to push the sport in all directions and to establish new boundaries. He has multiple claims to fame, including being a  5 time X Games  medalist and  7x World Champion. His dedication to his craft has established him as one of the top park skiers in the world and one of the select few athletes to consistency make the podium in slopestyle, halfpipe, and big air events.

      When Kenworthy came out as gay in the October 2015 edition of ESPN the Magazine, he became the first male action sports athlete to do so. The announcement was met with positivity by fans, friends, teammates, and sponsors and gave him a competitive edge, since he can be his true self. Gus wants to be a positive role model for kids. In an ad for Head & Shoulders, he appears with a rainbow pride flag waving behind him. He is also a vocal advocate for dog rescue, and recently saved 90 dogs from a South Korean meat farm.

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    Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy discusses his experience as a gay man in a macho sports culture and the courage it took for him to come out. An in-demand speaker, Kenworthy is engaging, moving, and inspiring, urging audiences to be who they are. His actions and words empower others to stand up against hate while furthering inclusive mindsets and practices.

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