In historic news, Canadian pairs figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay Winter Olympics athlete to win a gold medal. The team, compromised of Radford and his partner Meagan Duhamel, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, and Gabrielle Daleman.
The team stood proudly on the podium together. The gold medal win was a big deal, especially for Virtue and Moir, Chan, and Duhamel and Radford, who will all be retiring after the PyeongChang competition.
It was perhaps most meaningful for Radford though, as Twitter user “Chad” pointed out that the Olympic athlete also made LGBT history by bringing home the gold. He declared it, “A massive milestone that should be mentioned!”
A mention should also go out to Canadian Eric Radford (@Rad85E) who with winning the Gold Medal in this same event, becomes the first openly gay man to ever win a gold medal in any Winter Olympics ever (if I’m not mistaken). A massive milestone that should be mentioned!
— Chad (@merrik666) February 12, 2018
Radford was, naturally, excited about the news. “I literally feel like I might explode with pride.” It’s well deserved!
— Eric Radford (@Rad85E) February 12, 2018
This is a huge milestone for the Winter Olympics, as many athletes have kept their sexual orientation under wraps for fear of it messing with public perception and treatment within the competition. Unfortunately, some Twitter users failed to see the point:
I don't even get why this is a headline? I'm happy for him and all the other athletes who worked and trained practically their whole lives to get there. Their sexual preference is such a non-issue! 🙂
— Jo (@JoHoopGirl) February 12, 2018
Way to completely miss the point!