Olympian Gus Kenworthy confirmed this week that he's seeing someone.

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

“I got to a point where it was really painful and it was taking a lot out of me,” he told PEOPLE of the decision to come out.

He said that he was tired of “trying to keep up the facade, constantly lying and avoiding questions and dodging answers.”

“I just wanted to get to a point where I was free. I don't want to be ashamed of part of me. I just want to be proud of it. And I encourage that of other people,” he said.

He added that he was overwhelmed by the positive response that he's received.

The told PEOPLE that his romance was still new.