Well, here’s something that’s never happened before: Not one, not two, but three openly gay male athletes from the United States may be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Out luger John Fennell is one of the three currently vying for a spot at the Pyeongchang Games, along with out figure skater with the 100% real booty Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who came out publicly after winning the silver medal in Sochi.
No openly gay man has ever competed for Team USA in a Winter Games before. And while the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio saw a record number of publicly out LGBTQ athletes (56 in total), only 11 of them were men, and none of them were from the United States.
In fact, the last time the U.S. sent an openly gay male athlete to the Summer Games was almost 15 years ago.
We’ll find out if Fennell makes the U.S. Olympic luge team tomorrow. But we’ll have to wait until January to hear about Rippon and Kenworthy. (Fingers crossed!)
“For men, there’s always been this contradiction or stereotype that being gay means you’re not masculine, and only masculine people play sports,” our friend Jim Buzinski, co-founder of Outsports, tells NBC News.
It looks like that stereotype is finally breaking down.