Canadian Olympic figure skater Eric Radford has come out as gay.
Radford, who won a silver medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, is the first elite figure skater to come out at the height of his professional career.
In an interview with Out
, the Olympian explained that he was unsure about whether to come out because he didn't want to be known as "the gay athlete."
"My concern was that I would be known as 'the gay athlete' if I came out at the Olympics, rather than 'Eric the medalling figure skater who happens to be gay,' he explained. "And I felt uncomfortable with that title."
Radford went on to argue that his sexual orientation could actually help him win more medals, saying: "A lot of pairs end up dating one another. It can become risky because your on-ice training can be affected by your off-ice relationship."
"If you have a fight at home, it makes that training difficult. I used to joke around that I'm the ultimate pair-boy. I never had to worry about developing an off-ice relationship," he added.
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