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Gus Kenworthy, Winter Olympian, Switches Teams

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BBC News reports winter Olympic silver medallist Gus Kenworthy has switched from the US to the British team ahead of the 2022 games.

Kenworthy who is openly-gay (and sexy as hell) competed for the US in 2014 and 2018 Olympics where he won a silver medal.

The Olympian, who holds a British passport, is switching teams to represent his British-born mum.

“I think for sure 2022 is my final Olympic Games and I decided I wanted to do it for my mum,” he told BBC Newsbeat.

Kenworthy denied the switch was because it was unlikely he’d get a spot on the US team at the next winter Olympics in Beijing.

“I have no doubt in my mind that I could go back for the US but this is definitely going to be a much smoother approach for me. This gives me a path where I’m not taking a place away from one of my friends in the US,” Kenworthy told the Newsbeat.

Vicky Gosling, Chief Executive Officer of governing body Great British (GB) Snowsport, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to have him in our ranks and I think it goes to show the level that GB Snowsport has reached in a short space of time.

“The inclusion of Gus in our squad can only raise our level of performance and make us even more competitive,” Gosling said.

Kenworthy came out as gay in 2015 and has become an advocate for LGBTIQ rights.

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