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Canadian figure skater Eric Radford comes out publicly as gay

Canadian figure skater Eric Radford comes out publicly as gay

Canadian figure skater Eric Radford has come out publicly as a gay man.

Radford was part of the team that won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia this year.

He and partner Meagan Duhamel a three-time defending Canadian champions in pairs skating and have won bronze at the World Championships the past two years.

Radford had seriously considered coming out before competing in Sochi. It would have been a tremendously bold statement because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law which had been getting worldwide attention.

Ultimately, Radford decided to wait.

‘My concern was that I would be known as "the gay athlete" if I came out at the Olympics, rather than Eric the medalling figure skater who happens to be gay. And I felt uncomfortable with that title,’ he tells Outsports in an interview published today.

Still, he flirted with coming out once there.

At the Olympic, a Canadian reporter asked him who was in Sochi to support him and Radford replied: ‘Oh my family, some friends, and my boyfriend.’

The reporter decided not to include the mention of a boyfriend in the article.

Radford thinks his sexuality is actually a bonus when it comes to his professional partnership with Duhamel.

‘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.’