Gus Kenworthy uses broken thumb to take shot at Mike Pence

American skier Gus Kenworthy announced on Twitter that he broke his right thumb in practice in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Kenworthy said he will still compete as scheduled in the Winter Olympics, but did take a shot at Vice President Mike Pence in his tweet.

“It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so… Silver linings!” Kenworthy wrote.

Kenworthy, who joins figure skater Adam Rippon as one of the first two openly gay Olympians to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics, has been openly critical of Pence and his views on the LGBT community.

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Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 25, 2017. Kenworthy listens to pop music while he trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Olympian freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy speaks during an event in Times Square to celebrate 100 days from the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea, in New York, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 25, 2017. Kenworthy listens to pop music while he trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Gus Kenworthy and Shaun White of the United States enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: United States Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy answers questions at a press conference at the Main Press Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
SNOWMASS, CO - JANUARY 14: Gus Kenworthy #17 competes in the Men's Ski Slopestyle final during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on January 14, 2018 in Snowmass, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, CO - January 14: Freestyle Skier Gus Kenworthy is in Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Aspen Snowmass. January 14, 2018. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
MAMMOTH, CA - JANUARY 17: Gus Kenworthy trains prior to the qualifying round of the Men's Ski Halfpipe during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on on January 17, 2018 in Mammoth, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO - DECEMBER 06: Gus Kenworthy of the United States competes in a qualifying round of the FIS Freeski World Cup 2018 Men's Ski Halfpipe during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on December 6, 2017 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Figure skater Ashley Wagner, skier Gus Kenworthy and skier Lindsey Vonn take a selfie during the 100 Days Out 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Celebration - Team USA in Times Square on November 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USOC)
July 12, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and partner Matthew Wilkas arrive for the 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Gold winner Joss Christensen (C), silver medalist Gus Kenworthy (L) and bronze medalist Nicholas Goepper of the U.S. celebrate during the medal ceremony of the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Silver medalist Gus Kenworthy (L) of the U.S. celebrates as his compatriot, gold winner Joss Christensen, watches during the medal ceremony of the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
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Kenworthy told the vice president to “eat your heart out” in the caption of an Instagram post with him and Rippon at the Opening Ceremony of the games, and tweeted pictures of the pair at the Olympic Stadium.

Pence has drawn criticism from the LGBT community for years. His 2000 congressional campaign said that “resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior,” which many feel is a reference to the practice of homosexual conversion therapy. When he was the governor of Indiana, the state passed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a widely criticized law that claimed to protect religious freedoms, but drew immediate criticism on the basis that it provided people with legal protection to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

Pence led the United States’ delegation to the Winter Olympics, something that Kenworthy, speaking on Ellen before the games, said didn’t make sense to him.

“To have someone leading the delegation that’s directly attacked the LGBT community… it just seems like a bad fit,” Kenworthy said. “I feel like the Olympics is all about inclusion and people coming together, and it seems like it’s not really doing that.”

Kenworthy will compete in the slopestyle competition next week. He won a silver medal in the same event at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

 

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