It's a huge thing to have your sport's governing body be a part of that and to show all their athletes that they accept them for who they are and for their individual personalities. Rippon skated in three World Championships, but he's never skated in the Olympics — he was eighth at the January 2014 U. I mean look at me; I’m just a normal son from small-town Pennsylvania. He says he wants to be a "relatable example" for other athletes and LGBT people, adding: “I want to say something to the dad out there who might be concerned that his son is a figure skater.
So many more athletes are willing to be open, and it’s part of the culture now to be more open about who you are and what your interests are. When you go out and compete, you want to represent [the organization] to the best of your ability, and you want to represent your true, authentic self.
Of course people are interested in your sexual orientation. When athletes come out and say that they’re gay, it makes it a little more normal and less of a big deal — especially in the athletic community.
I have vivid memories of being a little girl and watching the Olympics with my mom.
She always loved figure skating, and at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, I remember how everyone had hyped up Brian Boitano.
I do, and he spins me around to the friendly claps of five people looking on (probably relieved that we didn't end up in a bloody pile).
It's not the Olympics, but Boitano's giggling gusto sets a memorable scene.
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Robin Roberts, 53, casually came out while reflecting on all of the things she was most thankful for in 2013 — including her girlfriend of 10 years, Amber Laign!
Robin’s sexuality may have been news to us, but the host has reportedly always been open with others about her love life.
S., Boitano remains both a mentor to young skaters and a pop culture chameleon.