Figure Skaters Aren’t All Gay! But Here Are a Few That Are

It’s a running joke that all male figure skaters are gay. Obviously that’s not true. But below are few that really are gay.

Brian Boitano

The incredibly handsome Boitano placed second in the 1984 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which earned him a spot in the Winter Olympics that same year. He placed fifth.

Boitano competed at skating championships for the next four years, returning to the Olympics in 1988. He competed against fellow champion Brian Orser in what was called the ‘Battle of the Brians.’ Boitano won the gold that year, while Orser took home another silver medal in one of the closest and most exciting finishes at the Olympics. 

Since his retirement, Boitano won an Emmy for Carmen on Ice. His many projects include ‘What Would Brian Boitano Make?,’ a Food Network series. The show's title is a nod to the running gag What Would Brian Boitano Do on the animated series South Park.

He's also hosted The Brian Boitano Project on HGTV and has published a cookbook.

In December 2013, President Barack Obama named Boitano to the U.S. Delagation at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Boitano immediate came out as gay in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent signing of anti-gay laws.

Brian Orser

Brian Boitano's competitor won Silver Medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.

He was outed in 1998 when his former partner sued him for Palimony.

He has since embraced the support he got from other skaters and the public.

Orser is currently the head instructor at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club.

Johnny Weir

Weir has competed in many skating championships. He placed 5th at the 2006 Olympics and 6th at the 2010 Olympics.

His outrageously flamboyant appearance caused speculation about his sexual identity for years but Weir didn’t come out until his 2011 autobiography.

Weir has also modeled, been a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, and appeared on Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D List.

Weir, an admitted fan of Russian culture, has been hired by NBC to be a commentator at the 2014 Sochi Games. He was immediately condemned by Catholic News Agency columnist Louie Verrecchio, who called Weir a "flamboyant, cross dressing homosexual man.” Weir has also been condemned by the LGBT community for his participation in Sochi. His husband is of Russian decent.

John Curry (1949-1994)

British figure skater won a Gold Medal at the 1976 Olympics, the year he retired from the sport. He was named by the BBC as Sports Personality of the Year, also in 1976.

After his retirement from competition, Curry founded a touring skating performance troupe, performing on Broadway in 1978. Two years later, he returned to Broadway in a revival of the classic musical Brigadoon.

Curry tested positive for HIV in 1987. He spoke to the press about his disease, and his sexual orientation. He died of an AIDS related heart attack in 1994, age 44.

Matthew Savoie

Savoie placed seventh at the 2006 Olympics.

The following year he began a four year term as the athlete representative to the Single and Pair Technical Skating Committee for the International Skating Union. In 2002 he graduated summa cum laude from Bradley University, with a major in political science and a minor in biology.

After the Olympics he attended law school at Cornell University where he served as secretary of the LAMBDA LGBT Law Students Association. Currently an associate at a law firm, he married attorney Brian Boyle in Massachusetts in 2012.

Ronald Robertson (1937–2000)

Robertson was an American figure skater who was best known for his spinning ability. He won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics.

American film star Tab Hunter detailed his relationship with Robertson in his autobiography “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star” where Hunter also came out of the closet.

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