Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who late last month came out gay on the cover of ESPN Magazine, says he felt shame before coming out.

The 24-year-old British-born American freestyle skier won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

In an interview with TeamUSA.org, Kenworthy said that the timing was right for him to come out.

“I was struggling maintaining this facade and was just ready to let my guard down and let people in,” the 24-year-old Kenworthy said. “I think because there have not been that many [out action sports figures], it kind of further envelopes gay men with a sense of shame, which I definitely felt for a long time.”

Kenworthy said that he did not received any negativity from sponsors: “I'm more than happy to be open about it and so far everyone, from a sponsor point of view, is supportive.”

“When I announced it, I had some people that were shocked. They were saying, 'You lost my support.' And then there are all these new people; I've gained their support.”

“You have to embrace it, become proud of it. I think it's not so globally accepted that you can be, 'I'm gay, so?' and feel that it's [routine]. I want that to be the case, but I don't think we're there yet,” he added.