Eric Radford becomes first openly gay Winter Olympian to win gold

Eric Radford becomes first openly gay Winter Olympian to win gold

Eric Radford becomes first openly gay Winter Olympian to win gold

USA figure skater Adam Rippon, 28, won a bronze medal as part of the team event.

The Canadian took home gold in team figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonghchang, Seoul, where he performed a lovely routine to Adele's Hometown Glory alongside partner Meagan Duhamel. We really tried to pretend that we were at home and we were in training.

Rippon, who skated to Coldplay's O, and Arrival of the Birds by Cinematic Orchestra, won bronze in the same event. But Radford's win signals a major first in the Winter Games, which had previously hosted LGBTQ athletes, but never a gold medalist.

When he was selected to go to the games last month, Rippon became the first openly gay U.S. athlete to be selected to participate in the Winter Olympics.

"So proud that @Adaripp [Rippon] and I get to wear these medals and show the world what we can do", Radford tweeted Monday.

Others have congratulated the duo, describing their success as 'absolutely incredible'.

The 33-year-old figure skater also won a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together".

British author and LGBT rights activist Greg Hogben replied: "I understand what you're saying, but I think the historic first of a positive role model for LGBT kids should be recognized and celebrated". They each will perform another routine, Radford for the pairs tournament while Rippon in the men's singles event.

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