Eric Radford becomes first out athlete to win gold at Winter Olympics


Radford, 33, and his partner Meagan Duhamel won the medal for team figure skating for their free skate to "Hometown Glory" by Adele.

The strong opening weekend for out LGBTQ athletes comes after nearly half of those who competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio took home a medal.

Eric Radford is one of 14 openly gay athletes competing in PyeongChang, but thanks to his superb skating in South Korea, he's the only one from that group who can claim to be the first with winter gold.

But it was Radford's team who earned first place, with the skater winning gold alongside Gabrielle Daleman, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

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On Twitter, Radford wrote "This is incredible!" I literally feel like I might explode with pride.

This isn't the first Olympic medal for Radford.

"I never had to worry about developing an off-ice relationship". They each will perform another routine, Radford for the pairs tournament while Rippon in the men's singles event.

Both Rippon and Radford join a long line of LGBTQ Olympians, dating back to Germany's Otto Peltzer in 1928, who was later imprisoned by the Nazis during the Holocaust. 'I said I want to go out there and I want to skate really strong.

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One said: "I don't even get why this is a headline?"

And yet another said: "This Canadian loving American is so proud of you and of all you incredible teammates".

Fans across the world applauded Radford's achievement. "And all of Canada is proud of you!"

"O Canada our home and native land...".

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