Eric Radford becomes first openly gay Winter Olympian to win gold

Eric Radford becomes first openly gay Winter Olympian to win gold

Eric Radford becomes first openly gay Winter Olympian to win gold

Eric Radford is the first openly gay male Winter Olympic champion.

Radford has made history, not only as the first gay man to win a Winter Olympic medal (a title he shares with Rippon), but also as the first gay man to win gold at the Winter Games.

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". We really tried to pretend that we were at home and we were in training.

Adam Rippon, who became the first openly gay male athlete to reach the Winter Olympics for Team USA this year, won bronze in the men's individual during the same event at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

"So proud to be wearing these medals and showing the world what we can do!" he wrote.

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Others have congratulated the duo, describing their success as 'absolutely incredible'.

Radford, 32, came out gay in 2014 after he and Duhamel finished seventh at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Radford was part of the Canadian figure skating team's win in the mixed team final. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together". I'm happy for him and all the other athletes who worked and trained practically their whole lives to get there.

British author and LGBT rights activist Greg Hogben replied: "I understand what you're saying, but I think the historic first of a positive role model for LGBT kids should be recognized and celebrated".

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