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2018-02-18 13:45:03


Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy, Boyfriend Matt Wilkas Share ‘Historic’ Kiss
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Matt Wilkas and Gus Kenworthy attend The 2017 ESPYS in Los Angeles, California on July 12, 2017. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy gave his boyfriend a kiss before heading down the slopes at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday, February 17 — and what was most likely a simple moment for them spoke volumes to others.

The athlete, 26, smooched his actor beau, Matthew Wilkas, ahead of his run in PyeongChang, South Korea, in a moment that was captured by NBC cameras and praised by many who are hailing the kiss as historic. While Kenworthy finished in 12th place, he won the hearts of millions for being part of the first same-sex kiss shown during the Olympics.

The show of affection went viral almost immediately, with many people gushing over the couple on social media.

One Twitter user wrote, “That beautiful casual kiss between @guskenworthy and his boyfriend on @NBCOlympics — I’m old enough to understand how significant that is.”