Winter Olympics 2018: How gay love melted countless hearts in PyeongChang

Doug Mendoza
February 19, 2018

Olympic athletes do a lot to prepare for competition: train rigorously for years, get plenty of sleep beforehand (or not) and, sometimes, draw inspiration from Britney Spears - who took the time to wish USA freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy luck before his appearance at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games on Sunday.

"I don't think I could have ever come out as a gay athlete 30 years ago and expected to be successful in my sport", said Kenworthy. However, luck wasn't on the British-American's side as he finished last among all the 12 finalists, failing to land any of his three runs.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Gus Kenworthy's Olympics turned into Oystein Braaten's party.

As you may know, Kenworthy placed last in his event this year.

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand of Canada took this year's bronze. He has since become a strong, steady voice in the LGBT community, and has used the Pyeongchang Games to amplify his message.

No matter where you stand on the issue - remove the sexual politics - and here's the thing: After stopping to autograph the coats of young Korean volunteers that shrieked "I love you!" to Kenworthy, he was gone from the stadium and out of the glare of the spotlight.

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Kenworthy and Wiklas kiss before Kenworthy’s Olympic run

"I wasn't even sure how this was going to go today".

Network commenters also referred to Wilkas as Kenworthy's boyfriend. "That's something that's fantastic".

"That's something that I wanted at the last Olympics was to share a kiss with my boyfriend at the bottom and it was something that I was too scared to do for myself". "And so to be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcasted for the world is incredible".

At the 2014 Games in Sochi, Kenworthy reached out to the singer Miley Cyrus on social media and asked if she would be his valentine.

Was it still an OK day? Just getting to really be myself and be authentic and I think that landing a run in the final, getting on the podium obviously would have been icing on the cake. "I could've made out with him had I known", Wilkas said to reporters. It limited his competition. Maybe he was just too injured to follow through in this.

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