Gus Kenworthy is the latest Olympian to throw his name into the
floor ring for “Dancing with the Stars.” The freestyle skier tells Us Weekly he “would love” to do the show and has been pushing for a spot since last year.
“I would love to,” Kenworthy tells the magazine. “I had been lobbying to try and be on it … last year and really wanted to be, and then it didn’t work out, but I was told that there was interest on their end. So I was definitely hoping that maybe after this Olympics, it’d be a possibility.”
Kenworthy, who attended the Oscars on Sunday, won silver in men’s ski slopestyle in Sochi, but finished in 12th place in PyeongChang while competing with a hematoma on his hip and a broken thumb. In October 2015, he came out as gay — the first action sports athlete to do so — and has since become a prominent LGBT activist.
Helping Kenworthy’s “Dancing” chances is not only the fact that he’s an Olympian — which the show loves — but the series is doing a truncated all-athletes season premiering on April 30. If he does get cast, he claims he’ll be a definite underdog.
“I really can’t dance, but for me, those are my favorite people to watch on the show,” the 26-year-old freestyle skier said. “Like, the Steve-Os and the people that have no previous experience. And I feel like when it’s like one of the Pussycat Dolls, I’m like, ‘But like, aren’t you already a professional dancer?’”
Several PyeongChang Olympians have already expressed interest in hitting the hardwood, including figure skater Mirai Nagasu, brother-sister ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani and captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team Meghan Duggan.
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