Olympic free-skier Gus Kenworthy said in a Rolling Stone interview that he sees CNN anchor Anderson Cooper as a “father figure.”

Kenworthy, who won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, took home a silver medal at last week's X Games.

Kenworthy, who came out last year, said that it was “touching” to have his mother, boyfriend and agent rooting for him in the stands.

“[E]veryone I looked up to growing up, they would show their girlfriend on TV – you know, Simon Dumont's girlfriend, or Tanner Hall's girlfriend, or whatever,” Kenworthy said. “I was just kind of bummed that it was something that I'd never have. I felt like I was never going to be confident and authentic and introduce someone as my boyfriend to the reporters and have him on TV. It was really special to want to do that and be happy about it. It was amazing. I looked up at the screen and saw Matt at the bottom. And it was touching being there with my mom, my boyfriend and my agent – my little support team.”

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He also discussed his relationship with Anderson Cooper: “He's sort of turned into a father figure to me. He reached out and offered advice after I came out. Basically, he said, 'If you need anything, just ask. I understand what it's like to be out in the public eye.' He said, 'You're a great kid.' So he's been really supportive. They [co-hosts Cooper and Kathy Griffin] arranged for me to be on the show for New Year's Eve and it was one of the most surreal experiences: to be a skier from a small town and co-hosting a ball drop in Times Square was insane. It was out of the realm of anything I thought was possible. We got to overlook a sea of people. It was completely insane.”