Gus Kenworthy, Olympic freeskier and friend to stray Sochi dogs, made a significant announcement on Thursday:
An athlete coming out as gay no longer necessarily qualifies as news on its own; in the post-Michael Sam era, athletes have wider support networks and more understanding audiences. But in the highly image-conscious world of action sports, Kenworthy's decision ranks as, yes, brave and worthy of respect.
In a lengthy ESPN article on his background, Kenworthy details the reasons behind his decision. A silver medalist in Sochi, Kenworthy returned home to Telluride, Colo., to a throng of adoring fans. Consider this passage:
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Now, back home in Telluride, mountains looming as the backdrop, Kenworthy addresses his fans. "This is incredibly overwhelming," he says, words shaky, face red from the cold. "This whole crowd here is my family."
As his short speech comes to a close to raucous applause,