On December 10th, U.S. Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy will return to the Winter Dew Tour as the defending champion of Slopestyle, but everything will feel like a first — his first competition since recovering from a serious injury (surgery for a break in his femur last March), and his first appearance as an out skier. BuzzFeed caught up with Kenworthy over the phone — after strolling around New York City with him just a week earlier — to discuss how it feels to have landed one of the biggest jumps of his life and what challenges are up next.  (Photos by Jared Harrell for BuzzFeed News)

A Month After Coming Out, Gus Kenworthy Is Returning To The Slopes — As Himself