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Eric Radford becomes the first openly gay athlete to win gold at the Winter Olympics


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On Monday figure skater Eric Radford became the first ever openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.  

Representing Canada, Radford and his partner Megan Duhamel put on a stunning performance - set to Adele’s Hometown Glory - in the team skating event, and bagged themselves a gold medal.

Adam Rippon, another openly gay skater, took part in the same event, winning a bronze medal for Team USA. He skated to Coldplay’s O and Arrival of the Birds by Cinematic Orchestra.

Following the historic win, Radford took to Twitter and Instagram to share a photo of himself with Rippon and their Olympic medals. 

Writing alongside the photo he said, "So proud that @Adaripp and I get to wear these medals and show the world what we can do!" 

The two Winter Olympians follow in the footsteps of Australian diver Matthew Mitcham who was the first openly gay athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in 2008 when he dived at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Radford came out in an interview with LGBT publication Outsports, the same year of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he won a silver medal. He was the first professional figure skater ever to come out at the height of his career rather than at the end or when he had retired. 

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