The last few Olympics have seen more and more representation from the LGBTQ community. The 2014 Sochi Olympics was used as a subtle platform against Russia’s laws prohibiting the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relationships to minors. And, now in 2018, for the first time in Winter Olympic history, an openly gay man has won the gold.
What’s better? He represents Canada.
Balmertown, Ontario, figure skater Eric Radford, 33, competed for Canada alongside partner Meagan Duhamel in the free skate and short program in the figure skating team event. Combined with the efforts of Gabrielle Daleman, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, and Canada’s flag bearers, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the team won the gold medal.
In the same event, Adam Rippon is the first openly gay American ever to win an Olympic medal, raising the bronze medal beside team U.S.A.
Radford announced last year that he is engaged to Spanish skater Luis Fenero, he had this to say about coming out in 2014, “a big part was just feeling completely comfortable in own skin, in my life and in my skating. An opportunity presented itself when the Canadian Figure Skating Association announced a program to focus on LGBT issues in the sport.”
The PyeongChang Winter Olympics set a record with having 14 publicly out athletes from nine countries competing.