Appearing on TBS' Conan, Olympic free-skier Gus Kenworthy explained why he was glad that he did not come out gay during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Kenworthy, who won the silver medal in Sochi, came out last year in a cover story for ESPN Magazine.

“You considered for a while at Sochi coming out maybe on live television at the Olympics. What were you contemplating?” host Conan O'Brien asked.

“Well, leading into the Russian Olympics there was all this anti-LGBT legislature,” Kenworthy answered. “And they warned people about, like, if any of the athletes are gay, try not to show it kind of, because it's very unsafe, it's not accepted. I was like, 'That's bullshit.'”

Kenworthy said that he considered kissing his boyfriend during the games.

“It didn't happen. I'm glad it didn't actually, because I hadn't told my mom, my dad, my brothers. It would have not only been a shock to the sport and to the Olympics, but like my family would have been, 'What the hell?'” Kenworthy said to a round of laughter.

He added that he's had a “great” response to his coming out.