Two years later, the American skier came out. Four years from Sochi, and he's back at the Olympics. Kenworthy is at the Games with his boyfriend, actor Matt Wilkas. Before Kenworthy competed in slopestyle Saturday night, NBC showed Kenworthy give Wilkas a kiss. It marks a significant shift in the way openly gay athletes are covered by the Olympics rightsholder.
"To be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcast to the world, is incredible," Kenworthy said after the race. "The only way to really change perceptions, to break down barriers, break down homophobia, is through representation. That's definitely not something I had as a kid. I never saw a gay athlete kissing their boyfriend at the Olympics. I think if I had, it would've made it easier for me."