Last week, American figure skater Adam Rippon made history as the first openly gay man to qualify for the U.S. team at the winter Olympics. Rippon, 28, will join fellow skaters Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou representing America in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month.
Just so we're clear about the talent we're dealing with here:
Rippon has been a loud, proud voice of queerness during this season's qualifying competitions:
I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 28, 2017
Now, another openly gay skater has joined the competition: pairs skater Eric Radford, who will be competing with his partner Meagan Duhamel for Canada.
To be clear, this is Radford:
Mr. Olympia. Height-188cm Weight-90kg Superpower- the ability to throw small girls long distances and fly...(across the ice). Enemies- Gravity and bad music. Weapons of choice- Metal blades and Dramatic hand gestures. #superhero #figureskating #figureskater #justhavefun #malemodel #olympia #muscle #strength #focus #beolympic #canada #gayathlete Thank you to @aplus_creative and @jenn_goren for the amazing photo!
It's looking like this year's games will be a very important and exciting viewing experience for us all.