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A kiss that NBC aired saved his miserable Olympics

A kiss that NBC aired saved his miserable Olympics A kiss that NBC aired saved his miserable Olympics
Kristopher Love | 19 February, 2018, 05:36

Olympic athletes do a lot to prepare for competition: train rigorously for years, get plenty of sleep beforehand (or not) and, sometimes, draw inspiration from Britney Spears - who took the time to wish US freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy luck before his appearance at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games on Sunday.

American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy shared a kiss with boyfriend Matthew Wilkas on the Sunday morning slopes, and it was a lovely moment caught on camera and broadcast to the entire world by NBC.

Kenworthy revealed he originally planned to come out on live television at the Sochi Olympic games, where he won a silver medal, backtracking at the last minute, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.

"It's something I was too scared to do for myself", Kenworthy said after his ski. Just getting to really be myself and be authentic and I think that landing a run in the final, getting on the podium obviously would have been icing on the cake. Kenworthy eventually came out publicly in a 2015 ESPN Magazine cover story after he had come out to his inner circle.

As kisses go, the smooch with his boyfriend, actor Matt Wilkas, wasn't very theatrical.

With cameras in place to film a documentary chronicling almost every move he made in South Korea, Kenworthy unabashedly used the Winter Games as a stage to showcase his new friendship with openly gay figure-skater Adam Rippon and quarrel with Vice President Mike Pence on the issue of LGBT rights.

While most Olympic athletes would be overjoyed to get a shout-out from The Princess of Pop, the generous fangirl moment meant even more to Kenworthy, who regularly pumps himself up for competitions with the Spears song Gimme More.

To his friends and family, too. So you tell me: What's more valuable? In addition to their athletic performances, both Olympians have been putting on quite the show on social media, gathering a famous following that includes Reese Witherspoon and now pop icon Britney Spears.

"It didn't work out for me, which is a bummer", Kenworthy said.

Kenworthy's fans were also there to provide some rainbow support. "[I love you so much]!"