When Adam Rippon met Gus Kenworthy—“It was like sparks flying,” at least according to what Kenworthy says in the most recent issue of Out Magazine. But the two medaled Olympians aren’t sharing a meet-cute epic love story—instead it’s the story of two history making BFFs and how they supported one another at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Rippon, a bronze medal winning figure skater with a flashy flair for fashion and a sassy attitude became the first openly gay American to take home a medal at the Winter Olympics and Kenworthy, a freestyle skier who made headlines for taking home a silver at the Sochi games in 2014 and for sharing a kiss with his boyfriend, Reality Star Matthew Wilkas, before his qualifying run at the 2018 Winter Olympics, bonded quickly.
As they told Out:
We met, and hugged, and vented about our accommodation, and talked about the people on our team, and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ and then suddenly we were best friends.
And making the cover of Out Magazine was big news for Rippon and Kenworthy, who wanted to share their story—and their photo shoot—with Twitter:
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) April 5, 2018
Fans understandably wanted to help them celebrate their awesome cover and their adorable friendship:
Congratulations! What amazing role models you both are!
— Amy Sandoval (@aimsand05) April 6, 2018
That’s so awesome guys, congratulations! My husband of 23 years and I enjoy following you so much.
— Glenn Holsonbake (@glennholsonbake) April 6, 2018
Love this and much respect to you both – wish more people had your sense of humor and panache have a great meme for Matt for the question posed
— Todd Hanshaw (@Todd_Fashion) April 6, 2018
You two are such amazing young men! Hugs!
— Ron Rafay (@rjoer8) April 6, 2018
You can almost hear the laughter and jokes they were telling during the photo shoot. I love their friendship so much. pic.twitter.com/AC1LTKsbHu
— Corey OBrien (@Coreyobr) April 5, 2018
Love this relationship, cant wait to read!
— RoadTripWithOurDog (@RoadTripWithOur) April 6, 2018
Of course, there were those admirers who were appreciating the Olympians’…other assets:
They’re so hot
— TiarasAQueen (@xOTiaraOx) April 7, 2018
— GlamMadame (@TheGlamMadame) April 6, 2018
damn you guys are too hot and hilarious also talented, how is this real life?
— Scarlet Bitch (@scarlletbitch) April 6, 2018
You’re so both sexy!! 😉
— StefBo (@goofystef) April 6, 2018
Such Sexy Guys! Love you both! ❤️
— Gregory H Beatty, Jr (@gregory_beatty1) April 6, 2018
All fun aside, it’s important to remember the obstacles these two have faced and overcome to get where they are today—obstacles that many other LGBTQ people face every day as well.
Fans thanked Rippon and Kenworthy for sharing their stories so transparently and for all they’ve done to help others advance on the path to acceptance:
Wow so Gus Kenworthy first your mom made me cry talking about your coming out. Now you and Adam made me cry with how hateful people were to you. Honestly normally don’t care about the Olympics but you two made me care this time! You both are awesome!! Kisses!!
— Will Miles (@Willver3point0) April 7, 2018
I'm sorry you two had to put up with that shit while you were trying to focus on winning! I watched skiing for the first time in years because of you, Gus. I'll guess I'm not alone. So you have that!!
— Karen Culter (@kculter) April 6, 2018
The video of y'all two just brought me to tears. Such an inspiration you guys, thank you so much for your transparency. Let the haters be your motivators. Y'all are loved!
— Louie Smith (@Louiekerry) April 5, 2018
Thank you for being so delightfully, honestly you!! Wishing you well in all that you do.
— green949392 (@green949392) April 7, 2018
Thank you all for making my kid’s path a little easier.
— Leigh Harrison Helberg (@LeighHelberg) April 6, 2018