Gus Kenworthy Will Compete in 2022 Winter Olympics—But Not For the U.S.

"I wanted to do it for my mum."

Gus Kenworthy is hitting the slopes one last time—with a twist!

The out Olympian announced on Instagram this week that he will compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but not for the United States. Instead, Kenworthy will be representing the U.K.

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Did you know that while the 28-year-old freeskier was raised in America, he was actually born in Chelmsford, Essex?

“I am very excited to announce that I will be competing for Team GB on the road to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Although I was raised in the US I was born in the UK and my mum is British through-and-through,” Kenworthy wrote on Instagram. “She has been my #1 fan for my entire life and has proudly stood at the bottom of the mountain waving the stars and stripes in support of me for two Olympic cycles. Now, in what is sure to be my last Olympic appearance, I’d like to return the honor by proudly holding up the British flag for her.”

Kenworthy came out publicly as gay in 2015 after winning a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games. While he didn’t reach the podium in PyeongChang in 2018, his televised smooch with ex-BF Matthew Wilkas is believed to be the first same-sex kiss aired during the Olympics.

“I think for sure 2022 is my final Olympic Games and I decided I wanted to do it for my mum,” he told BBC News. “I have no doubt in my mind that I could go back for the U.S. 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 U.S.”

Since his most recent run at the 2018 Winter Games, Kenworthy has taken up acting with roles on Will & Grace and American Horror Story: 1984. He also appeared as a guest judge on Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.

Perhaps his next TV appearance will be on the judges’ panel next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.?

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