Canadian Skater Eric Radford Becomes 1st Out Athlete to Win Gold at Winter Olympics

Adam Rippon (left) and Eric Radford. Photo: Instagram / @ericradford85

(EDGE) Out U.S. athletes Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy may be dominating headlines in the states, but Canada's Eric Radford is also earning much-deserved buzz for becoming the first openly gay Olympic champion in the history of the Winter Games, Yahoo News reports.

Radford, 33, contributed to Canada's figure skating team's gold medal win in South Korea over the weekend, effectively winning the top prize, along with his partner Megan Duhamel, performing 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 told CBC Radio. "You're gonna be missing something."

Yahoo News points out Radford and Matthew Mitcham, who won gold in the 10-meter platform at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, are the only out athletes to win gold at the events.

Radford took to social media to celebrate his win. On Instagram, he shared a photo with America's Rippon, who took home the bronze medal.

"So proud to be wearing these medals and showing the world what we can do!" he wrote. 


Over on Twitter he added:

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