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Olympian athlete and pole vault world champ Shawn Barber comes out

On Monday morning, pole vault world champion and Canadian Olympian Shawn Barber came out to his fans and friends in a Facebook post.

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Barber wrote:

“Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and i love you too!”

In 2015, Barber was the pole vault world champion, and he currently ranks 6th.

Here’s a video that shows Barber in action:

h/t: Towleroad

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