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People Top HeadlinesFeb 17, 2018
Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Bruises Hip Not Long After Breaking Thumb — But He'll Still Compete
Freeskier Gus Kenworthy posted a picture of his shattered thumb on Twitter, but assured Team USA fans that he would still compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The superstar Olympian is in Pyeongchang, South Korea, defending his silver medal win at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014. But the 26-year-old shocked fans by posting a pair of startling pictures to Twitter on Friday morning showing his broken right thumb in a cast. Fortunately, he calmed any fears that he wouldn't be able to compete — and he took a jab at Mike Pence in the process by saying the injury would keep him from shaking the VP's hand.

"Broke my thumb yesterday in practice," he wrote. "It won't stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence's hand so… Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic ‘thumbs up!' of encouragement the rest of the trip."

Kenworthy, who came out as gay in 2015, is along with figure skater Adam Rippon one of the only openly gay athletes to represent Team USA in this Winter Olympics.

This weekend, Kenworthy again took to social media to announce another injury: He posted a series of videos to his Instagram story on Saturday explaining that he bruised his hip in a fall at practice on Friday, resulting in a hematoma that needed to be drained of blood.

Still, he is set to compete on Sunday (Saturday night stateside).


People Top HeadlinesFeb 16, 2018
Why This Year's Olympics Are 'Sort of a Redemption' for 2014 Bronze Medal Skier Nick Goepper
Four years after he earned bronze in the men's slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics — joining two other Americans in a rare single-nation sweep of the podium — freestyle skier Nick Goepper is back at the Games.

And make no doubt, he is going for the top spot.

Goepper, 23, recently sat down with PEOPLE days before he is set to compete at the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea. Among other topics, he talked about his plans when he hits the snow again in slopestyle (in which competitors perform a variety of tricks and jumps down a mixed-terrain course, not dissimilar to skateboarding).

"I remember just being not as satisfied as I could have been ," Goepper says, "which is, I mean we're just picking at straws here. Just being as competitive as I am, I really, really want to win a gold medal. And that's pretty much what I came here to do."

These Olympics are "sort of a redemption time," Goepper tells PEOPLE. "I'm coming off a poor result at the X Games in Aspen a couple weeks ago, and that was really tough for me. I made an uncharacteristic mistake three times in all my runs, and I'm really just using that as fuel and motivation to bring into this and really step it up and shine, because that's what I came here to do."

Goepper, who participated in Procter & Gamble's "Love Over Bias" campaign, will be watched by his entire family — the "whole fam-damily," he says: his parents and three siblings (two brothers and a sister).

"I always want my family in the family VIP at the bottom. I always want them there,


People Top HeadlinesFeb 16, 2018
Redemption! Nathan Chen Lands Historic 6 Quadruple Jumps in His Last 2018 Olympic Competition
The "quad king" reigns.

Eighteen-year-old U.S. figure skating champion Nathan Chen rebounded on Saturday from back-to-back disappointments in his first two Olympic skates to land six quadruple jumps in a single routine — something that no one here has ever done before.

It was a fitting finale to his last competitive appearance at the PyeongChang Winter Games.

After finishing his free skate, the crowd in South Korea's Gangneung Ice Arena roared to their feet for a standing ovation as Chen appeared visibly pleased, even relieved, in the middle of the rink.

Gold medalist Tara Lipinski, providing commentary for NBC, declared, "He's superhuman."

Such a quad-heavy performance earned him a score of 215.08, which combined with his middling short program score of 82.27, gave Chen a total of 297.35 in the men's event — strong enough for the No. 1 spot so far (as the competition continues into Saturday afternoon local time).

Chen spoke to NBC after his skate and said his disappointing earlier results actually helped him feel more comfortable.

"I think honestly, putting down such a rough short program took all the pressure away from me," he said. "It was just me on the ice enjoying the crowd and soaking in the Olympic experience."

He added: "I wanted to leave here satisfied and I certainly am."

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