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Canada's Eric Radford, USA's Adam Rippon make important Olympic history

14 February 2018

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.

Rippon came out in 2015, and won the USA championships.

He followed in the footsteps of Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, who got a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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Rippon's win is particularly enjoyable, as it comes after Fox News' vice president penned an op-ed arguing that the U.S. Olympic team was too gay to win any medals. But Radford's win signals a major first in the Winter Games, which had previously hosted LGBTQ athletes, but never a gold medalist.

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

Radford originally came out in December 2014, a little less than a year after the 2014 Olympics in Sochi concluded. He has since continued to build himself a large social media following with this witty postings and LGBTI advocacy. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together", he said.

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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".

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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Canada's Eric Radford, USA's Adam Rippon make important Olympic history