Gus Kenworthy - Letters - My Road to Pyeongchang

  • metta

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    Mar 05, 2018 6:07 AM GMT
    Gus Kenworthy - Letters - My Road to Pyeongchang


  • metta

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    Mar 05, 2018 6:07 AM GMT
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    Mar 05, 2018 1:36 PM GMT
    Judging from his performance, the road to Pyeongchang didn't include enough training.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 05, 2018 2:07 PM GMT
    Gus Kenworthy was a major disappointment in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Too much emphasis on sociopolitical activism and not enough emphasis on staying on top of the competition in his sport. He has compromised most of his credibility as an Olympic athlete and a role model for gay men.
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    Mar 05, 2018 5:55 PM GMT
    Y'all know, our Guys does like to travel, and be a social butterfly.
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 05, 2018 8:26 PM GMT
    Boys, why all the hate on Gus Kenworthy's athletic achievements?

    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.
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 05, 2018 8:34 PM GMT
    And by the way, I though the videos were quite heartwarming.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 05, 2018 9:25 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidBoys, why all the hate on Gus Kenworthy's athletic achievements?

    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.
    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.
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    Mar 09, 2018 6:05 AM GMT
    He didn’t win any medals because he was competing with a broken thumb and a huge hematoma on his hip. It would have been impressive if he did win a medal with literally a bruised body. Still, every time I look at anything related to gay media or news outlets, he’s on it. It’s getting old! A couple of years ago, he was apologizing for wearing a Native American costume for Halloween. Seriously....who cares!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 09, 2018 4:03 PM GMT
    I agree that it is an honor to even make the Olympic team. These are the greatest athletes on the planet, and to even be among that top tier is a huge achievement. That being said, all the more reason that I was also disappointed in both Gus Kenworthty and Adam Rippon for making spectacles of themselves and disrespecting our Vice President and Ivanka Trump in front of the world. This was neither the time nor the place, and I found it highly inappropriate. The athletes should stay focused on their sport and keep the politics out of the Olympics. Their platform could have been used so much more effectively to help bring about change had it been done in a smart way. Instead, they looked whiny, and did no favors for moving the ball forward for the LGBT community.