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The story behind Gus Kenworthy’s rainbow stars and stripes flag

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Gus Kenworthy and boyfriend Matthew Wilkas, with a rainbow stars and stripes flag, cheered Adam Rippon at the Olympic men’s free skate on Saturday.

Wilkas brought the flag to Kenworthy’s ski slopestyle event Sunday morning to cheer him on.

That flag was purchased for $60 at a store in West Hollywood, Calif., Wilkas said while holding the flag at the bottom of the course as qualifying began.

“I knew [we would bring it] as soon as I knew [Kenworthy] was coming [to the Olympics],” Wilkas said. “I was like, we have to.”

Kenworthy met with his parents, Wilkas and friends before his first of two qualifying runs.

“Did you see Britney’s tweet?” was one of the first things Kenworthy said to the group when he saw them.

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Nick Goepper, Gus Kenworthy walk away with a different type of win

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Four years ago, Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy shared a podium as part of the third U.S. sweep in Winter Olympic history. Bronze medalist Goepper, silver medalist Kenworthy and gold medalist Joss Christensen left Sochi early for a parade of media appearances.

NBCOlympics.com: Watch: Goepper’s silver medal run

They visited Rolling Stone. They went on David Letterman. Then they went their separate ways.

Goepper and Kenworthy, after a life-changing Olympic cycle for very different reasons, qualified for a second Olympics and competed here Sunday morning and afternoon. Christensen, in a failed comeback bid from a May torn ACL, was unable to join them.

NBCOlympics.com USA’s Nick Goepper wins silver medal in freeski slopestyle

Goepper, the gold-medal favorite four years ago, nailed his third and last run in the ski slopestyle final to grab a silver medal behind Norwegian Oystein Braaten and in front of Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand. Goepper had been in ninth place.

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Nick Goepper wins silver medal in freeski slopestyle

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There was no U.S. podium sweep in men’s freeski slopestyle this year, but Nick Goepper ensured that the country got another medal.

The Sochi bronze medalist scored a 93.6 with a clutch third and final run to move into second place and take the silver medal in PyeongChang.

Norway’s Oystein Braaten won the gold medal with a 95.0 on his first run, and Canada’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand secured bronze with a 92.4.

Gus Kenworthy, who was nursing a broken thumb, finished 12th.

Results:

Gold: Oystein Braaten (NOR), 95.00

Silver: Nick Goepper (USA), 93.60

Bronze: Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, 92.40

Watch Goepper’s silver medal run here