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Gus Kenworthy reflects on Olympics: ‘I’m walking away more fulfilled without a medal than I did at the last Games with one’

This photo sums up yesterday for me. I failed to land my run in the final and didn't end up on the podium but, for me, the Olympics aren't solely about the medals. Being here now, out and proud and living my life authentically, I'm walking away more fulfilled without a medal than I did at the last Games with one. Of course I would've loved to have landed my run and been on the podium but it just wasn't my day. After years of preparation, countless hours of training and numerous injuries it's all over in a flash. At every contest there are three winners and a field of non-winners. This is the Olympics though and nobody here loses. Everybody gave it their best effort, fought hard, endured and made their country, their family, their friends and their fans proud. I'm holding my head high knowing that I gave it my all. I'm proud of what I did here and all those I was representing in the process and I'm very happy for @oysteinbraten, @nickgaper and @abmskier for walking away with medals. I may have worked tirelessly to get here but so did they and I'm proud of them for putting it down when it counts.

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Kiss Kiss Bish! Didn't realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I'm so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love. Also, shouts to @rightordoyle for being the third wheel of the century. Love you boo!

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  1. Gus is a true champion to millions AND AS THE YEARS FADE ON THESE OLYPICS, THE MEMORY OF HIS WORDS AND HONESTY WILL BE CHERISHED AND REMEMBERED FONDLY BY MILLIONS WHEN THE NAMES OF OTHERS WILL BE COMPLETLEY FORGOTTEN!! WE Cannot thank him enough for his honesty and courage!!

  2. I love Gus for being true to himself. This generation of gay and out Olympians and athletes are truly awesome and truly inspiring.

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