LGBT Olympians digest 2018. Eric Radford


One more familiar name and face for our readers – the Canadian figure skater is the first openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games 2018. He came out as gay in 2014 when he was qualified for the Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The sportsman came out as gay showing the protest against the country’s anti-gay policy and discrimination against LGBT athletes. He joked then that people call figure skaters gay but if one of them really happens to be gay they are shocked, because skaters are paired to opposite-sex partners and that is why heterosexuality is a kind of cliche there. He admitted that some judges might be prejudiced though it is their job to avoid any bias, but they are still humans and cannot be totally objective. But it is not scaring him. He said that he was previously afraid to come out just because he wanted to be known as a successful figure skater, not as a gay man. But his own coach, now dead, was gay and he damaged all Eric’s stereotypes about gay people and the way they should represent themselves. “He was the first person I saw who was like that, gay and just normal. He made me realize I didn’t have to be afraid of it,” the figure skater said by then.


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