About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.

Gus Kenworthy Plants a Kiss on Adam Rippon as They Tweet About Making History as Out Olympians

Posted on

Figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy made history on Friday as the two first openly gay U.S. athletes to qualify for the Winter Olympics. And the significance of marching with the massive Team USA at the opening ceremony in PyeongChang isn’t lost on the Olympians.

“Tonight I walked in the and got to watch my old friend light the Olympic flame,” Rippon, 28, wrote alongside a Twitter photo of himself with 26-year-old Kenworthy.

“Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter.”

The pals shared several Twitter shots of themselves at the ceremony, embracing and sporting smiles. Kenworthy even planted a kiss on Rippon’s cheek.

Adam Rippon (left) and Gus Kenworthy
Gus Kentworthy/Twitter

“We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it,” Kenworthy tweeted after the event.

Ahead of the Games, Kenworthy told PEOPLE that he and Rippon connected over social media after Kenworthy reached out on Instagram to congratulate Rippon on being named to Team USA. Kenworthy said that he and Rippon became “fast friends” and were looking forward to meeting in South Korea.

“We’ve been messaging and exchanging well-wishes and good luck, and we’re excited to hang out and kiki in Korea,” Kenworthy says. (Kiki — for the uninitiated — means, basically, to party.)

Keep Following PEOPLE’s Complete Coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics

With Kenworthy being a returning silver medalist, and Rippon a first-time Olympian, the men have a lot to discuss as they start in on the fierce competition at the Games.

“I’m one of the oldest figure skaters competing now in the world on the Olympic level. I think in the past that would’ve discouraged me, but it kind of really motivates me because it’s different and I love to be different,” Rippon told PEOPLE in the months leading up to the Olympics.

“I love to have my own story, my own path and forge ahead because my career isn’t going to be like anyone else’s.”

Rippon, who publicly came out as gay in 2015, was named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic team in December and celebrated the historic moment by posting two Instagram photos of himself along with several emojis.

Rippon recently made headlines for publicly turning down an opportunity to meet with Vice President Mike Pence.

RELATED: The Most Spectacular Photos from Olympic Opening Ceremonies Past

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon told USA Today. “I’m not buying it.” (A rep for Pence told PEOPLE at the time that the vice president does not and has never supported conversion therapy.)

Kenworthy, too, had strong words for Pence, who led the American delegation at the Olympics. Ahead of the Games, Kenworthy joked that maybe he will “make out with his boyfriend in front of” Pence.

RELATED VIDEO: The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Is on… and It’s Really, Really Cold!

“In 2018, with how accepting the world is and should be and is getting, I think having him lead the delegation seems backward,” Kenworthy said.

Kenworthy was closeted when he competed at the Russia Olympics in 2014, but came out in October 2015 on the cover of ESPN the Magazine.

“I have the LGBT audience behind me and there’s all these people that I want to make proud, and I want to do well aside from just myself. And so I feel like I’ve got a little bit more on my shoulders,” Kenworthy told PEOPLE last fall. “But I also think that I do well under pressure, so I’m hoping that that is a good thing for me.”

Recently, Kenworthy said that while he is “really proud to represent the U.S.,” he also “feels so proud to be out this time.”

“I think I’m competing for the LGBT community just as much,” he told PEOPLE.

The 2018 Winter Olympics began on Thursday and continue through Feb. 25.