Mar 05, 2018 6:07 AM GMT
Gus Kenworthy - Letters - My Road to Pyeongchang
bro4bro saidBoys, why all the hate on Gus Kenworthy's athletic achievements?I am not hating on Gus Kenworthy, I am just deeply disappointed that he didn't at least win a bronze medal or two in his events. He sure made a spectacle of himself at the beginning of the 2018 Games with his kissing the other gay athlete and letting the whole world see it. I am not saying that he is a lousy athlete, I am just critical of his pre game behavior and than after blowing his horn he ended up empty handed in the medal count.
The vast majority of Olympic athletes never come close to winning a medal. They know this from the start. To them, being selected for the Olympic team, competing against other world-class athletes, and representing their country is reward enough.
A friend of mine competed in flatwater kayak at Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000. He overcame great odds to make the team - a construction accident at 20 years old had shattered his legs. In Sydney he was selected to carry the American flag at the opening ceremony - the entire Olympic team votes on who will serve as flag bearer; it's quite an honor. It was, and is, the high point of his life. But he knew neither he nor any other American on the team would win a medal in that event.
Kenworthy happened to be newsworthy because he was one of only two openly gay people on the US team in PyeongChang. Since the last Winter Games were held in a famously LGBT-unfriendly locale (Sochi, Russia) and the International Olympic Committee responded by explicitly adding a clause to their charter condemning discrimination against LGBT people, it seems natural that LGBT participation in these Games would be highlighted.
So sorry if you armchair athletes were disappointed in the outcome. The US can't win every medal. But hey, if you start training now, maybe you'll make the team for Beijing.