First Openly Gay American Winter Olympians tell world: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.”
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Gus Kenworthy, 26, a freestyle skier, and figure skater Adam Rippon, 28, posed for a series of photos which show them embracing each other and celebrating during the 2018 opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The photos were shared on social media where they’ve since racked up thousands of likes.
“The Opening Ceremony is a wrap and the 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way!” Gus wrote on Instagram, notably putting a twist on the spelling of the word ‘games’.
“I feel incredibly honoured to be here in Korea competing for the US and I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy.”
“Eat your heart out, Pence.”Kenworthy also posted the photos on Twitter, tagging Rippon, he wrote alongside them: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it. @Adaripp #Olympics #OpeningCeremony” Rippon responded: “Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter”.
The Vice President has dismissed claims of any tension between him, Kenworthy and Rippon, calling suggestions he doesn’t support them “fake news”. Tweeting Rippon Pence said, “I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ’em!”
Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend @Yunaaaa light the Olympic flame. Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter pic.twitter.com/ZypvWkUBjD— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) 9 February 2018