Gus Kenworthy switches from team US to Great Britain for 2022 Olympics

  • metta

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    Dec 04, 2019 8:47 PM GMT
    Gus Kenworthy switches from team US to Great Britain for 2022 Olympics

    https://www.queerty.com/gus-kenworthy-switches-team-us-great-britain-2022-olympics-20191204
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    Dec 05, 2019 12:11 AM GMT
    He gives some good reasons for doing this. None of them political, all personal & emotional.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 05, 2019 12:05 PM GMT
    I can just hear all the right wing conservatards calling him a traitor and unAmerican for switching to another country's Olympic team.
  • bro4bro

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    Dec 05, 2019 6:07 PM GMT
    I don't fault him for switching colors. Most who do that are athletes who wouldn't make the team in their home countries, and Gus admits he'll have an easier time doing that in the UK. But at least he has a personal connection to that country, and not just secondhand through his parents - he was born there.

    Others have literally sold their talents to countries who gave them citizenship in exchange for athletics. Jamaican female sprinter Merlene Ottey competed for Slovenia from 2002-2012 when she became too old to make the Jamaican team (her first Olympics was Moscow in 1980, and she won a total of 9 Olympic medals, but none after 2000). In Beijing there was a pair of Brazilian beach volleyball players competing for the Republic of Georgia - the little whores even changed their surnames to Geor and Gia, so their names would appear on the scoreboard as Geor-Gia.

    If my parents were from someplace like Liechtenstein, I definitely would have been gunning for a spot on their track team.

    The only downside I see to Gus's decision is that due to the currently wacky political climate, many will assume he made that choice as an anti-Trump protest. But of course, that assumes Trump will still be in office in 2022.
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    Dec 06, 2019 8:19 AM GMT
    He's busy with being a social butterfly, to win Gold, even for the UK.
  • Triggerman

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    Feb 14, 2020 7:16 PM GMT
    The funny thing is outside of a few gay men that follow Olympics he has zero name recognition in USA. For fun I asked some friends all are athletes if they knew the name Gus Kenworthy. One said the name sounded familiar, rest had no idea who he was or what he does.