Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Figure skater is first openly gay winter Olympian to take gold

Figure skater is first openly gay winter Olympian to take gold

Radford originally came out in December 2014, a little less than a year after the 2014 Olympics in Sochi concluded.

The sporting world witnessed an important piece of history on Day 3 of the 2018 Olympic Games when Canadian figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay male athlete to win Olympic Winter gold. Duhamel and Radford performed their routine to Adele's hit, 'Hometown Glory' and scored 148.51 points, placing them in the lead. "We were trying to black out everything that was going on around us." .

Radford joined Australian diver Matthew Mitcham as the only openly gay Olympic champions to win gold at an Olympics.

Rippon, who skated to Coldplay's O, and Arrival of the Birds by Cinematic Orchestra, won bronze in the same event.

Both Radford and Rippon aren't done performing yet.

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The strong opening weekend for out LGBTQ athletes comes after nearly half of those who competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio took home a medal.

He also took to Instagram, posing with Adam Rippon - the bronze-medal figure skater who is the first openly gay athlete from the United States to compete in the Winter Games.

Radford was part of the Canadian figure skating team's win in the mixed team final.

"This is incredible! I literally feel like I might explode with pride", he tweeted Monday when Canada was awarded the gold medal in the team figure skating event.

After the event, he said, 'I don't think I've ever been so nervous at 10 a.m.in my life, ' reports USA Today.

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