The first openly gay man to win gold at the Winter Olympics wasn’t Sam Smith

Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel have taken home the gold medal in team figure skating, making Eric the first openly gay gold medal winter Olympian. Not to take away his glory, we’ll try to verify that claim so we’re not pulling a Sam Smith (see the Oscars).

The 33 Canadian tweeted his win with the hashtag #outandproud and the rainbow flag. He also sent out a tweet with US figure skater Adam Rippon. 

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Adam is not only out, he turns down a diner with Vice President Pence. Eric won’t have to turn down a dinner or meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister, the pride parade attending Justin Trudeau. 

We should say Adam took the bronze in his event, skating to Coldplay’s “O” and “Arrival of the Birds” by Cinematic Orchestra. 

A lot of gay figure skaters have come before Eric (and Adam), some who have even been out, and they iced the way. They just might not have won gold. Many Olympians came out after their victories. 

Canadian swimmer Mark Tewksbury won gold in 1992 (and silver at the 1988 games in South Korea), later coming out and helping bring the Outgames to Montreal, and being the chef de mission for the 2012 Canadian summer Olympic team. When Mark did come out in 1998, he reported lost a six-figure contract as a motivational speaker. 

There are currently 13 out athletes at the Pyeongchang games, out of 3,000 competitiors. That may be double the number who attended the Sochi games four years ago, but it doesn’t likely represent the true number. 

While Eric will be getting plenty of kudos and praise for his half of the gold medal performance, Adam’s bronze skate got an adorable shoutout on twitter by Sesame Street’s Elmo. “Elmo is proud of you!”

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