For those fans experiencing Game Of Thrones withdrawal, you might just want to start watching the 2018 Olympics. That's because Team USA Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy looks just like Robb Stark. As Time points out, Twitter couldn't help but notice Kenworthy's boyish good looks make him a dead ringer for GOT actor Richard Madden. The similarity is so striking, Kenworthy himself couldn't deny the resemblance.
The Olympian from Telluride, Colorado first caught wind of the chatter around his familiar handsomeness when someone tweeted, "Guys I think Robb Stark is actually a US Olympic Skier." The side-by-side photos of Madden and Kenworthy and their perfectly manicured beards and striking blue eyes tell the whole story. "These are literally 2 different people," they tweeted. "I am still mind blown, like wut." Seriously, it's uncanny. Get this skier a direwolf and an oversized fur cape (or an IKEA fur rug) and he could be the next King of the North.
Kenworthy agreed, tweeting, "Uh-oh @_richardmadden they're on to us..." They sure are. Though, at this point, Madden is playing things cool and hasn't yet responded to his famous doppelgänger, but it's only a matter of time. Especially, since so many people watching the PyeongChang Olympics can't stop tweeting about Kenworthy and Madden's genetic similarities.
"Gus Kensworthy is Robb Stark," one fan tweeted with side-by-side of Madden and Kensworthy snuggling with some adorable puppies.
Another person tweeted, "Gus Kenworthy out here looking like Robb Stark (RIP) Winter Olympics? More like Winter Is Coming tf." I'll let you use your imagination to what those two letters stand for.
Obviously, Kenworthy and Madden look a lot alike, but he has even more in common with the eldest Stark. Let's not forget that like the late Robb, Kenworthy is tough enough to brave the coldest winters. When Kenworthy finally takes the slopes on Feb. 18 for slopestyle, he'll be up against PyeongChang frigid temperatures and icy winds. The Guardian reported that this will be the coldest Olympics in 20 years; at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994 it reached -11 Celsius. In the first days of the games it was -15C. Winter has definitely come to PyeongChang and Kenworthy is ready. Just call him the King of the Slopes.
While Kenworthy is getting some love this Olympics for his Game Of Thrones good looks, this isn't the first time he's made headlines. Last Olympics, Kensworthy, who won a silver medal, also won our hearts after rescuing puppies in Sochi who risked being euthanized.
But, Kenworthy's not just winning Olympic Twitter, he's also doing something historic. Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon are the first two openly gay athletes to participate in a games for Team USA. Kenworthy, who publicly came out in 2015, tweeted out a photo of he and Rippon at the opening ceremony, writing, "We're here. We're queer. Get used to it."
On Instagram, Kenworthy posted another photo with Rippon, captioning it, "Eat your heart out Mike Pence," a dig at the Vice President's history of promoting anti-gay legislation. In an interview with The Washington Post, Kenworthy said it was important for him to be outspoken about his sexuality for all those queer kids who need to hear his voice. LGBTQ+ representation may be growing, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's still a crime to be gay in places all over the world. As he told The Washington Post:
"It’s a new world, and it’s also not, and I think that the only way to change perception is through visibility, through representation, and the more that we have that, the more normalized queer becomes, the easier it is for people to wrap their heads around it, and I think that the more we’ll see positive change.”
Clearly, there are a lot of reasons to love Kenworthy, looking like Robb Stark is just one of them. If this Olympics get turned into a movie, the internet already knows who should play Kenworthy.