Gus Kenworthy’s Heartwarming Tribute to His Late Puppy

The gay Olympic skier has shared a heartwarming tribute on YouTube to his adorable little doggie who passed away

In May, Gus Kenworthy shared the devastating news that his little puppy Beemo had passed away.

Gus and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas had rescued the puppy from a farm during the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongyang, South Korea.

Now the gay Olympic skier has shared this heartwarming tribute to the adorable little doggie on YouTube.

Gus also posted a picture of them both together on Instagram and asked people to help other rescue dogs by making a donation in Beemo’s honor at

Gus and Matt recently got a new puppy – which they named Birdie – and have had to puppy-proof their house.

“She’s so great,” the 26-year-old olympian told Us Weekly at the magazine’s Most Stylish New Yorkers event on Wednesday, September 12, before adding, “she’s kind of a monster.”

He hilariously explained: “Like, we leave her at home and she’ll, like, chew the lamp cord or stuff, so the whole place is puppy-proofed. Everything’s, like, on the top shelf … nothing is on the counter for her to be able to access. But she’s great.”

Gus and Matt spent the labor day weekend in Fire Island Pines, New York together with Birdie.

The guys shared a series of pawesomely cute pictures of them spending some real quality time together, including one where they make the cutest puppy pile ever.

Gay and Matt adopted Birdie in August, after their previous dog Beemo passed away.

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Puppy pile.

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“She’s a 5-month-old Jindo/Lab mix and we named her Birdie (because birds were one of Beemo’s favorite things in the world),” Gus wrote in an Instagram post.

“Nothing in the world could ever replace Beemo or the love that we felt and still feel for her, but Birdie has already stolen a new place in our hearts and we’re excited to be dog dads again.”

Birdie even has her own Instagram account.

It has been a busy year for our Olympic hero so the R&R was quite certainly needed.

In April, Gus got a lot of media attention when he planted a big kiss on fellow gay Olympian Adam Rippon’s lips during a joint speech at the GLAAD Awards.

And, even though looking quite surprised, Adam didn’t seem to mind a bit. Then, who would😊

Not surprisingly, social media went bananas after the kiss and helped spread the word around the world.

In February, all of America got to see Gus kiss his boyfriend live on NBC during the Olympics in Pyeongyang, South Korea.

“It’s something I was too scared to do for myself,” Kenworthy said after the competition.

“To be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcast to the world, is incredible. 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.”

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NBC also showed the skiers cheer squad waving gay pride flags in support of him.

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Gus and his fellow gay Olympians made a big impact on this years Olympics by being out and proud at the event.

Gus posted a picture on Twitter where he kissed Adam Rippon on the cheek. As a caption, Gus Kenworthy wrote “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.”

The slogan dates back to Queer Nation and the HIV/AIDS activism of the early ’90s, and was famously rephrased by Jack on “Will&Grace”.

In a post on Instagram, Gus wrote:

“The #OpeningCeremony is a wrap and the 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way!” he wrote. “I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US and I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence. #TeamUSA #TeamUSGay”

Adam Rippon, who competed in the figure skating event in Pyeongchang, also recognized the importance of this historic event. He wrote on Twitter:

“Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend @Yunaaaa light the Olympic flame. 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.”

Hillary Clinton commented on the historic significance of this years openly gay athletes.

“I’m going to watch as much as I can see,” she said at the 2018 MAKERS Conference. “I love the Winter Olympics. I love the athleticism and the stories of our athletes, and I’m excited that Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy will be the first openly gay Olympians. So I’m going to be there cheering them on.”

Gus stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to discuss making history as an openly gay athlete in the Winter Olympics

Gus showed Ellen a picture of his battle wounds, even though some of us may have paid more attention to another body feature in the picture.

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The handsome skier told Ellen that he was really excited about the upcoming Games, including meeting all the other athletes.

“It’s going to be a different experience than last time around because I’m not in the closet,” Kenworthy said. “I just want to meet as many athletes as I can, get to enjoy the opening and closing ceremonies, [and] hopefully ski the best I possibly can.”

But he also had some reservations about the politics involved, saying that anti-LGBT VP Mike Pence is “a bad fit” to lead the Winter Olympics delegation.

“To have somebody leading the delegation that [has] directly attacked the LGBTQ community … just seems like a bad fit,” he told Ellen. “I feel like the Olympics is all about inclusion and people coming together, and it seems like it’s not really doing that.”

Ellen asked Gus about his shot for the ESPN Body issue, which has some amazing pictures of the hot skier:

Gus was the second openly gay American to secure a spot in this year’s Winter Olympics, after figure skater Adam Rippon

Gus ensured his place on the Olympic team with a second-place finish in the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Finals at Mammoth Mountain in California.

That result, combined with a victory at a selection event, qualified him for the Olympic team.

In an ad for Head & Shoulders, the hot skier not only showed off his amazing freestyle skiing skills, but also his gay pride.

The 26-year old athlete told the Washington Post that some of his fellow athletes refer to him as “The Gay Skier.”

“I’m definitely, like, ‘the gay skier’ now,” Gus said, “and that’s fine. I knew I was stepping into that role when I did it. I, in some ways, don’t care that that’s the label that sticks because I am the gay skier, and I know that I took the step to come out publicly and decided to wear that badge proudly.”

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Against TLC's advice, we DID go chasing waterfalls…

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About Gus Kenworthy

Gus Kenworthy was born in Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom on 10/01/1991. He is currently living in Telluride, Colorado, USA.

What is he famous for?

Gus Kenworthy is an athlete. He is best known as a freestyle skier who competes in slopestyle and the halfpipe, and won the silver medal in Men’s freestyle skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Is Gus Kenworthy gay?

Gus Kenworthy came out as gay in October, 2015, and is the first action-sports star to come out.

He came out in an interview with ESPN, telling the reporter “I guess I should start by saying, ‘I’m gay.'”

“I wanted to do it in my words and once and for all – and hopefully help kids that are in the same position I was,” he later told Attitude magazine.

Since 2016, Gus has been in a relationship with American actor and reality star Matthew Wilkas, who had a lead role in the 2012 film Gayby.

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PS! You have to check out this Insta post where the skier shows off his greatest assets:-D


  1. I like seeing the guys being affectionate with each other. I see nothing wrong with two women or two men kissing. I mean who does it hurt ‘no body’. The more we see the better off the world is going to be. I also think that is silly and stupid for people who react negatively when they see two men holding hands or walking together with their arms around each other.
    I do disagree with the position that Rippon and Kenworthy took regarding Vice President Spence. I would have greeted him with great anticipation showing him that I was proud of being gay and use the opportunity to encourage more dialogue


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