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Gus Kenworthy and the Kiss that Captured PyeongChang Hearts


It all started when Gus Kenworthy and boyfriend Matthew Wilkas shared a good luck kiss before the Slopestyle skier’s qualifying run.

While the American pair thought of the peck as an innocuous moment, viewers on the other side of the world had other ideas.

Unbeknown to this couple on a sun-kissed morning at the Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, their embrace at the bottom of the hill was beamed across North America and beyond via NBC’s cameras.

Ultimately Kenworthy, who suffered a broken thumb and hip haematoma during training on Thursday, finished last out of the 12 finalists.

While the result was a disappointment for the Sochi silver medallist, the fact he represented his true self on the world stage was clearly a major highlight for many onlookers, who took to the internet to share their support.

Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon are the only openly gay male Winter Olympians to ever compete for the United States. This fact alone gained the British-born athlete one very high-profile supporter.

It’s safe to say that the tribute was well received. Maybe that’s what gave the Colorado man courage to perform again so quickly after his significant training injury.

Maybe this tribute best sums up the positive feeling.

Now this is our kind of pun! 👏


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