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First Look: Blake Skjellerup Strips


Olympic speed skater gets naked for 'GT' magazine

Photo by James Demitri for GT magazine

While you'll come for the eye candy, the New Zealand Olympic athlete Blake Skjellerup (that surname isn't the only thing that's more than a mouthful), who came out in 2010, following the Vancouver Olympic games, doesn't just show everyone what he's got on the cover of the latest GT magazine (see it here), he also discusses what it feels like to be a boy (and speed skater).

He touches on being bullied and what he's had to sacrifice in his life for his sport: "I'm a lone athlete so I have to do everything myself," he says. "I wouldn't say I've lost my life to the sport, but I can't see myself doing it for another four years after the next Winter Olympics."

But it's the subject of the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games in Russia and the country's distinct strain of homophobia, that may get most readers' attention. "I don't want to think because there are stories on the Internet about me being gay is going to put me under any jeopardy, I hope I can bring some positive change in Russia to overcome their LGBT discrimination." We hope not either, Blake. But whatever happens, we'll be cheering for you.





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