Gay Canadian figure skater Eric Radford creates history at the 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

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

Meagan Duhamel, a vegan figure skater, has landed herself a gold medal at this year's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Out gay athlete, Eric Radford has won the gold medal for the team figure skating competition. We really tried to pretend that we were at home and we were in training.

Meanwhile, U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon became the first openly LGBTQ American athlete to medal at the Winter Olympics, earning bronze during the same event.

Radford picked up a silver medal in the same event at Sochi 2014, but only came out as gay in an article with Outsports magazine almost a year later. He has since continued to build himself a large social media following with this witty postings and LGBTI advocacy.

"I had never felt compelled to talk about my sexuality before because I believed it was a non-issue", Radford wrote.

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At the time, he said: "I used to joke around that I'm the ultimate pair-boy".

Both Rippon and Radford join a long line of LGBTQ Olympians, dating back to Germany's Otto Peltzer in 1928, who was later imprisoned by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

After the event, he said, 'I don't think I've ever been so nervous at 10 a.m.in my life, ' reports USA Today.

The 33-year-old Radford, who hails from tiny Balmertown, Ontario, celebrated his success with Adam Rippon after the two received their respective medals. "I want to go over to the judges and say, 'Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink?"

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