Canadian figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay Olympic champion in the history of the Winter Games, by virtue of his role among Canada's gold medalists in team figure skating.
When he was selected to go to the games last month, Rippon became the first openly gay USA athlete to be selected to participate in the Winter Olympics. "Or maybe they just want to get out of their own small town and do something in the world", continued Radford, who skates with Sudbury's Duhamel. Earlier that year, he and partner Meagan Duhamel won bronze in the world championships.
"I had never felt compelled to talk about my sexuality before because I believed it was a non-issue", Radford wrote.More news: Oxfam under cloud after reports of sex scandal
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Radford came out in the same year that he won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russian Federation.
Adam Rippon - who is also openly gay - was part of an American squad that included: Chris Knierim, Alex Shibutani, Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, Bradie Tennell, Maia Shibutani and Alexa Scimeca Knierim.
At the time, he said: "I used to joke around that I'm the ultimate pair-boy".
The 33-year-old Radford, who hails from tiny Balmertown, Ontario, celebrated his success with Rippon after the two received their respective medals. 'I said I want to go out there and I want to skate really strong.