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Canadian Figure Skater Becomes First Openly Gay Athlete To Win Olympic Gold

Canadian Figure Skater Becomes First Openly Gay Athlete To Win Olympic Gold
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Updated 5 months ago

Canadian figure skater Eric Radford has become the first openly gay athlete to win Olympic gold. Radford, who took gold along with his pairs partner Meagan Duhamel, said, "I literally feel like I might explode with pride." Although gay men including Brian Boitano and British skater John Curry have won medals in the Olympics before, Radford, along with American Adam Rippon from Team USA, are the first to do so openly.

Radford and Rippon snapped a photo together to celebrate the victories and milestones they both achieved.

After the win, Twitter users were emotional while congratulating Radford:

And team Canada:

Predictably, some people questioned the relevance of an athlete's sexuality... 

A surprising exchange may have already changed one mind about the significance of Radford's and Rippon's achievements:

Though competitors, both Eric and Adam represented one team long left out of Olympic sports:

H/T - Twitter