Olympian Gus Kenworthy announced on Thursday that he's gay.

“I am gay,” Kenworthy tweeted to his more than 116,000 followers. “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.”

Kenworthy, 24, told his story to ESPN.

“[Kenworthy] is the top freeskier on the planet, an Olympic medalist, a face of the X Games,” ESPN wrote in a cover story. “[H]e is an athlete with a lot to lose. … And so, as we sit down together in Los Angeles in September, he begins the only way he knows how: 'I guess I should start by saying, I'm gay.'”

He said that he was unable to be proud of winning silver in Sochi because he “felt so horrible about what I didn't do.”

“I didn't want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi,” Kenworthy said. “I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world.”

“I want to be the guy who comes out, wins shit and is like, I'm taking names,” he added.

Later on Thursday, Kenworthy posted a photo of himself holding a bouquet of flowers, which he said were from his mother. “Despite hundreds of online marriage proposals the first (and only) person to send me flowers is my mom... #imaloser,” he wrote.