Vegan Figure Skater Meagan Duhamel Wins Gold at Winter Olympics

Feb 15, 2018, 01:39
Vegan Figure Skater Meagan Duhamel Wins Gold at Winter Olympics

Eric Radford became the first openly gay Olympic champion in the history of the Winter Games, by virtue of his role among Canada's gold medalists in team figure skating.

Eric Radford skated with partner Meagan Duhamel for Canada on the weekend, while Adam Rippon skated solo for the United States of America this morning. Radford originally came out in December 2014, a little less than a year after the 2014 Olympics in Sochi concluded.

The 33-year-old reflected on that time in an exclusive article written for Sportsnet last month.

This is awesome! I literally feel like I might explode with pride.

Both Rippon and Radford join a long line of LGBTQ Olympians, dating back to Germany's Otto Peltzer in 1928, who was later imprisoned by the Nazis during the Holocaust. "If that young kid was able to see someone on TV - someone similar to myself, who was openly gay and winning medals - then maybe that would give them the confidence to feel it was truly possible for them".

He also took to Instagram, posing with Adam Rippon - the bronze-medal figure skater who is the first openly gay athlete from the U.S. to compete in the Winter Games.

An Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation squad of Alina Zagitova, Ekaterina Bobrova, Mikhail Kolyada, Vladimir Morozov, Evgenia Medvedeva, Natalya Zabiyako, Aleksandr Enbert, Evgenia Tarasova and Dmitri Soloviev won silver at the event on Monday, while Team USA claimed the bronze medal.

Radford and Duhamel will hit the ice again in the short program, which will begin February 13 at 8 p.m. ET. 'I said I want to go out there and I want to skate really strong. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together".

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