Figure Skater Adam Rippon made history last week when he became the first openly gay male to qualify for Team USA in the Winter Olympics, but it looks like he won’t be the only out figure skater at the games.
Canadian pairs Eric Radford and his partner Meagan Duhamel will also be heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea next month.
Radford came out in 2014 at the height of his career. He and Duhamel are three-time defending Canadian pairs champions and won the bronze at the World Championships in both 2013 and 2014.
In a 2014 interview with Outsports, the 32-year-old, 6’2 skating sensation said being gay in figure skating pairs has its advantages. Mainly, there’s no risk of partners falling in love:
A lot of pairs end up dating one another. It can become risky because your on-ice training can be affected by your off-ice relationship. If you have a fight at home, it makes that training difficult. I used to joke around that I’m the ultimate pair-boy. I never had to worry about developing an off-ice relationship.
But before you get too excited, boys, you should know that Radford had a boyfriend. They’ve been together four years and are raising a daughter together. In fact, last summer they engaged!
I've learned that the best things in life have a level of simplicity to them. I see it in art, I hear it in music and I feel it with this man. Loving him is simple and beautiful. The feeling of freedom and joy I had flying over the mountains is the same feeling I have when I think of life with @luis_febi …and I want to feel that forever so… I asked him to marry me and he said yes!! #love #freedom #happiness #?#thankyou #simplelove
We’re looking forward to seeing both Rippon and Radford compete in Pyeongchang. In the mean time, check out some more shots from Radford’s white hot Instagram page…
Mr. Olympia. Height-188cm Weight-90kg Superpower- the ability to throw small girls long distances and fly…(across the ice). Enemies- Gravity and bad music. Weapons of choice- Metal blades and Dramatic hand gestures. ???? #superhero #figureskating #figureskater #justhavefun #malemodel #olympia #muscle #strength #focus #beolympic #canada #gayathlete Thank you to @aplus_creative and @jenn_goren for the amazing photo!