Canadian Eric Radford Just Became the First Openly Gay Man to Win Gold at the Winter Olympics
Canadian figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay Olympic champion in the history of the Winter Games, by virtue of his role among Canada’s gold medalists in team figure skating. He and partner Meagan Duhamel took the top spot in the pairs free skate program with their show-stopping routine set to Adele’s “Hometown Glory.”
“If you have the wrong piece of music and it doesn’t connect with the audience or the judges, it doesn’t really matter how great you skate,” Radford, 33, told CBC Radio. “You’re gonna be missing something.”
On Twitter, Radford wrote: “This is amazing! I literally feel like I might explode with pride. #Olympics #outandproud”
The 33-year-old Radford, who hails from tiny Balmertown, Ontario, celebrated his success with Adam Rippon after the two received their respective medals.