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Pyeongchang Olympics: Kenworthy embracing LGBT icon role


AP, PYEONGCHANG, South KoreaAt the Sochi Games, he was the medal-winning athlete who overshadowed that achievement by rescuing five stray dogs. By vigorously embracing an unofficial role as Olympic flag-bearer for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Kenworthy is edging sport closer to the point where being a gay athlete is no longer an issue. Kenworthy and Rippon said their tweets from the opening ceremony were not pre-planned, but their large social media followings ensured buzz. Although he is keen to medal again, Kenworthy said the mark he most wants to leave is for the LGBT cause. It won’t be ‘the gay Olympian,’ ‘the gay skier,’ ‘the gay anything.’ It will just be ‘a skier.’”


Source: Taipei Times February 11, 2018 15:56 UTC


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