Winter Olympics 2018: Eric Radford has become the first openly gay athlete to ever win a gold medal
Eric Radford has become the first ever openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
The Canadian athlete won gold in the team figure skating event after he and his partner Meagan Duhamel skated magnificently to Adele’s Hometown Glory.
He followed in the footsteps of Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, who got a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Elsewhere in the team event, gay skater Adam Rippon made history for Team USA by taking a bronze medal after performing a solo skate to Coldplay’s O and Arrival of the Birds by Cinematic Orchestra.
But it was Radford’s team who earned first place, with the skater winning gold alongside Gabrielle Daleman, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
The 33-year-old, who also used Hometown Glory to win gold at the 2016 World Championships, posted on Twitter about breaking this huge barrier at the Pyeongchang Games.
He wrote: “This is amazing!
“I literally feel like I might explode with pride. #Olympics #outandproud # ️ “.
Radford came out in the same year that he won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
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I've learned that the best things in life have a level of simplicity to them. I see it in art, I hear it in music and I feel it with this man. Loving him is simple and beautiful. The feeling of freedom and joy I had flying over the mountains is the same feeling I have when I think of life with @luis_febi …and I want to feel that forever so… I asked him to marry me and he said yes!! #love #freedom #happiness #?#thankyou #simplelove
At the time, he said: “I used to joke around that I’m the ultimate pair-boy.
“I never had to worry about developing an off-ice relationship.”
Radford will compete again in the pairs tournament, while Rippon will perform another men’s single.
Speaking after his performance, Rippon said: “I want to throw up. I want to go over to the judges and say, ‘Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink? I’ll be fine.’ But I kept it together.”
Fans across the world applauded Radford’s achievement.
One wrote: “You are such a class act and in New Orleans we took time off from Mardi Gras to give you one enormous standing ovation – sooo proud!!!! “.
Another told him that “you should be proud ️ . And all of Canada is proud of you!”
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And yet another said: “This Canadian loving American is so proud of you and of all you amazing teammates.
“O Canada our home and native land…”.
Watch Radford’s incredible performance here:
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (Team Canada) figure skating to “Hometown Glory” at the #Olympics!
— Adele Union (@AdeleUnion) February 12, 2018