Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
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Figure skater is first openly gay winter Olympian to take gold

Figure skater is first openly gay winter Olympian to take gold

Radford, 33, contributed to Canada's figure skating team's gold medal win in South Korea over the weekend, effectively winning the top prize, along with his partner Megan Duhamel, performing to Adele's "Hometown Glory".

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.

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.

The Team Free Skating event at the Winter Olympics saw two gay athletes going head to head. He took home a silver from the 2014 Sochi Games for his role on Canada's second-place team figure skating squad.

Radford took to social media to celebrate his win.


In 2014 Radford came out and in that same year won the silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Russian Federation.

He has also got into a high-profile spat with Vice President Mike Pence over the latter's views on LGBTI rights. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together", he said. I felt it was important to come out here and skate a very strong performance for the U.S. team'.

Adam Rippon (left) and Eric Radford.

Among the first to congratulate Rippon on his performance was fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy.

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