Kenworthy embracing LGBT flag-bearer role in Pyeongchang

  • In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, Gus Kenworthy of the United States competes in the men’s ski slopestyle final to win the silver medal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Kenworthy already has an Olympic medal, from Sochi, and the chance for another at the games in Pyeongchang. But what gives the skier even greater satisfaction than winning is when his pioneering and still rare example as an openly gay athlete encourages others be open about themselves, too. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

  • In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, U.S. freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy poses for a portrait at the Team USA Winter Olympics media summit in Park City, Utah. Kenworthy already has an Olympic medal, from Sochi, and the chance for another at the games in Pyeongchang. But what gives the skier even greater satisfaction than winning is when his pioneering and still rare example as an openly gay athlete encourages others be open about themselves, too. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — At the Sochi Games, he was the medal-winning athlete who overshadowed that achievement by rescuing five stray dogs. In Pyeongchang, he’s vacuuming up attention with his “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it” posts and photos of him kissing skater Adam Rippon, and taking swipes at U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

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