Gus Kenworthy is leaving Team USA and joining Team Great Britain for the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The 28-year-old freestyle skier was actually born in the U.K. and moved to the U.S. when he was two-years-old. He was born to an American father and a British mother.
Gus told NBC Sports that the reason for the change is to honor his mother. He also noted that it will be easier for him to qualify by competing for Team GB.
“I feel like these are going to be my last Olympic Games for sure. I just wanted to do it for my mom,” Gus said. “She’s held up the American flag for me for two Games now, and I would love to be able to hold up the British flag for her for one.”
He added, “This gives me an advantage in terms of qualifying and having less to worry about, less people I’m up against, just being able to focus on the tricks that I want to be working on, the runs that I want to do, put me in the best position to hopefully get another medal and not have to kill my body trying to qualify in multiple disciplines right before the Games against the U.S. guys.”
Gus, who acted on the recent season of American Horror Story: 1984, won a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.