Meet Eric Radford, The First Openly Gay Athlete To Win A Gold Medal At The Winter Olympics

"I literally feel like I might explode with pride.”

History has just been made for the LGBTQ community in Pyeongchang. Canadian Eric Radford became the first openly gay Olympic athlete to win gold at the Winter Games — winning alongside partner, and fellow Canuck, Meagan Duhamel.

In the team figure skating event, Radford — who hails from Balmertown, Ontario — and Duhamel performed a stunning routine set to Adele's song "Hometown Glory." You can watch the dynamic duo dazzle everyone in their winning program here.

"This is amazing!" Radford wrote on Twitter after one user pointed out that this was a history-making moment. "I literally feel like I might explode with pride."

This isn't Radford's first time at the in the big leagues. He competed in the 2014 Sochi Games, helping Team Canada win the silver medal in the process. At that time, he wasn't out — it wasn't until later that year he told the world he was gay.

So far, there has only been one other openly gay athlete to win a gold medal. That honor belongs to Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, who came in first during the 10-meter platform at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. 

The 33-year-old is now able to stand alongside bronze medalist and fellow ice skater Adam Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics. In a post, Radford wrote that he and Rippon are "so proud to be wearing these medals and showing the world what we can do."

Radford and Rippon are just two of 14 openly gay athletes — including American freeskier Gus Kenworthy — competing at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. With these wins, they are making fellow LGBTQ folks all around the world beam with joy.

(H/T: Yahoo! Sports)


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