Openly Gay Figure Skaters Eric Radford, Adam Rippon Medal At Winter Olympics

Eric Radford  Twitter                       Canadian figure skater Eric Radford won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics becoming the first openly gay athlete to do

Radford and pairs partner Meagan Duhamel earned top marks for their dance to Adele's "Hometown Glory" after taking second in the short programme.

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.

He's one of 14 openly gay athletes competing in PyeongChang, but thanks to his superb skating in South Korea, he's the only one from that group who can claim to be the first with winter gold.

Radford joined Australian diver Matthew Mitcham as the only openly gay Olympic champions to win gold at an Olympics. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.

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Other social media commentators have since debated whether the sexuality of an athlete has any relevance to their success. But Radford's win signals a major first in the Winter Games, which had previously hosted LGBTQ athletes, but never a gold medalist.

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.

But he couldn't end the post without making a sly dig at notoriously anti-gay Vice President Mike Pence.

One said: "I don't even get why this is a headline?" I felt it was important to come out here and skate a very strong performance for the United States team'.

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