It was a tender moment between two men in love, an openly gay Olympian kissing his boyfriend at the bottom of the hill during the ski slopestyle event.
The embrace was broadcast live on network television and has now become another notable occasion at a Winter Olympics which has been full of symbolism.
The moment Olympic skier gabbed his boyfriend for a live on-air kiss is being hailed as a pivotal moment for the LGBTQ community.
Gus Kenworthy shared a quick kiss on the slopes with partner Matthew Wilkas, shortly before a qualifying run on Sunday at the Pyeongchang, South Korea, Winter Games 2018.
Such a simple capture during, say, the 1992 Olympics would have had huge meaning if I saw it on TV as an 11-year-old. You can't underestimate the simple, slight yet profound impact of such things. https://t.co/rvswJwiu7t
— Jon Murray (@JonMurray) February 19, 2018
What may seem like a small and insignificant kiss has been celebrated on social media as a positive step forward for the gay community.
— Jared Butler (@J_Butt16) February 19, 2018
‘For gay youth to see love celebrated in that way is a moment to celebrate,’ said gay activist Tyler Oakley, who was in the stands.
The silver medal winner, who said he hadn’t even realized the cameras were rolling when he shared the smooch and joked that if he had known how significant it was going to be, ‘I’d have made out with him.’
Kids all over the world will benefit from this visibility. 💜💛💙❤️💚 https://t.co/VnB7Ba2BDo
— Daniel W. Brewster (@wvuDmoney) February 19, 2018
Truly a gold medal 🥇 moment https://t.co/rX1tyGvT9X
— Ina Fried (@inafried) February 19, 2018
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) February 17, 2018