Gus Kenworthy Reacts to Seeing Televised Kiss with Boyfriend Matthew Wilkas

A kiss that NBC aired saved his miserable Olympics

Modal Trigger Matthew Wilka and Gus Kenworthy Jordan Strauss Invision AP

Unknown to the openly gay duo, this otherwise hush-hush act was celebrated and broadcasted on primetime television by NBC. "It's good that it's televised because it normalizes it more".

Thrust into the global spotlight, Kenworthy tweeted today alongside a still image of the now-famous kiss: "Didn't realise this moment was being filmed yesterday but I'm so happy that it was".

Gus Kenworthy and boyfriend Matthew Wilkas, with a rainbow stars and stripes flag, cheered Adam Rippon at the Olympic men's free skate on Saturday.

"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".

When slope-styler Kenworthy, competing with a broken rib, locked lips with Wilkas at PyeongChang's Phoenix Snow Park at the ongoing Winter Games, the unwitting couple's kiss was picked up by NBC TV cameras and reached millions around the world. I think the only way to change perceptions, break down homophobia, break down barriers, is through representation. That's definitely not something I had as a kid. I definitely didn't see a gay athlete at the Olympics kissing their boyfriend.

"If I had it would have made it a lot easier for me".

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Some people are starting to get a little sick of reading about Gus Kenworthy every other day or so (as I've personally been told).

He was presented with a "Visibility Award" in 2017 by the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights advocacy group.

Apart from the thumb, Kenworthy had to have a hematoma drained from his hip two days ago and wondered whether he would even be fit for Sunday's event.

That said, Gus Kenworthy's three runs didn't go well and placed him in twelfth with no medal in sight.

"I'm bummed but I'm not sulking, I'm not crying", Kenworthy said of not medaling.

While U.S. teammate Nick Goepper, a slopestyle specialist from the IN flatland, struggled to attract funding to prepare for the 2018 Games, Kenworthy's tale of blazing a new trail IN the macho sports world made him attractive to heavyweight sponsors such as Visa, Toyota and Ralph Lauren.

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