Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Gay Canadian figure skater Eric Radford creates history at the Winter Olympics

Gay Canadian figure skater Eric Radford creates history at the Winter Olympics

Radford shared the podium with American skater Adam Rippon, who became the first openly gay male American athlete to medal in the Winter Olympics.

The 33-year-old Radford, who hails from tiny Balmertown, Ontario, celebrated his success with Rippon after the two received their respective medals.

Canadian figure skater Eric Radford won gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, making him the first openly gay athlete to win a gold medal in Winter Olympics history. Its team took gold with 73 points, OAR (Olympic Athletes of Russia) took silver with 66 points, and US took 62 points for third place.

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

An Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation squad of Alina Zagitova, Ekaterina Bobrova, Mikhail Kolyada, Vladimir Morozov, Evgenia Medvedeva, Natalya Zabiyako, Aleksandr Enbert, Evgenia Tarasova and Dmitri Soloviev won silver at the event on Monday, while Team USA claimed the bronze medal. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.

Radford took to social media to celebrate his win.

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He has also got into a high-profile spat with Vice President Mike Pence over the latter's views on LGBTI rights.

"I want to throw up", Rippon said after his skate. "So I think it's fantastic", he said. "I've had to overcome a lot".

Among the first to congratulate Rippon on his performance was fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy.

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