I did see that one of your fellow skiers [Alex Schlopy] had a bit of a public dig this week, saying that you were using coming out to boost your own profile. How did that feel from someone you know so well?
You know, I get a lot of message from people saying ĎThis is ridiculous, I donít have a magazine cover for being straightí, and Iím like ĎNo shit!í Itís expected that if youíre in sports; youíre straight. And [his comments] really bummed me out because thatís someone Iíve known for a number of years, and someone I compete against, and if he did feel these things, I felt like voicing it on a public forum like Instagram is just a little bit rude. Iíd rather heíd just reached out to me.
The original caption [on his post] said ĎIíve got friends that are gay and friends that are drug addicts, and they donít have magazine covers,í and I was really upset by the fact he compared being gay to being a drug addict. And of course doing the [ESPN] cover was for me in a lot of ways, but it was also for all the kids whoíve reached out to me since with their story, whoíve messaged me and said Ďbecause of the article I came out to my momí, and I feel like if my article helps one kid or saves one kidís life, thatís a win. If certain people donít see that then thatís fine with me.