Gus Kenworthy: “I’m Holding My Head High” Living Life Authentically Out & Proud

Gus Kenworthy: “I’m Holding My Head High” Living Life Authentically Out & Proud

Out US Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy told fans today he is “holding his head high” knowing he gave his all in the slopestyle ski finals yesterday in PyeongChang thanks to living his life out, proud and authentically.

Via Instagram:

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.

Kenworthy easily qualified for the finals of the slopestyle event yesterday out of a field of 30, but competing with a broken thumb and massive hemotoma on his right hip was too much to ignore during the finals.

Still an Olympic inspiration for millions 🙂

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.
A post shared by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Feb 18, 2018 at 5:00pm PST