Last week, while drooling over the U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsledding team, we mentioned that figure skater Adam Rippon became the first openly gay U.S. athlete to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. And now, with the acceptance of pairs figure skater Eric Radford onto the Canadian team, we have two openly gay skaters competing in the Winter Games. So let’s take a second to appreciate their stunningly beautiful bodies (oh, and their ice skating skills, of course).
Adam Rippon, the first openly gay American Winter Olympian
Adam Rippon is a 28-year-old figure skater who is also the 2010 Four Continents champion and a 2016 U.S. national champion. He came out as gay in an interview with Skating magazine.
In the interview, he said:
It’s the year 2015. 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 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.
Despite his pride in coming out, he also said, “Being gay is not something that defines me. What defines me is what my mom always taught me: to treat everyone with respect, to always be a hard worker and to be kind. Those are the things that define me.”
Rippon recently criticized the United States government for selecting homophobic Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Rippon said that if he had a chance to meet Pence before his event, “I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person, but that they think that they’re sick.”
He also added, “Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I really believe in,” but said that if he had to chance to meet Pence after he was done competing, “there might be a possibility to have an open conversation.”
Let’s enjoy some sexy pics of Adam Rippon from his Instagram:
And here’s a video of Adam Rippon ice skating:
Eric Radford, an accomplished competitive pairs skater and musician
Eric Radford is a two-time world champion, seven-time Canadian champion and won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
After the Games, he came out in a December 2014 interview with the LGBTQ sports blog Outsports, making him the first elite figure skater on the world stage ever to “come out publicly at the height of his competitive career.”
“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,” he told Outsports. “And I felt uncomfortable with that title.”
Let’s enjoy some sexy pics of Eric Radford from his Instagram:
Mr. Olympia. Height-188cm Weight-90kg Superpower- the ability to throw small girls long distances and fly…(across the ice). Enemies- Gravity and bad music. Weapons of choice- Metal blades and Dramatic hand gestures. ⚡️✨😁 #superhero #figureskating #figureskater #justhavefun #malemodel #olympia #muscle #strength #focus #beolympic #canada #gayathlete Thank you to @aplus_creative and @jenn_goren for the amazing photo!
Naturally, he’s also a talented skater.
And did we also mention he’s good at playing the piano? In fact, he writes and composes music professionally and even creates music for other ice skaters to use in their routines. Here’s some clips of him tickling the ivories.
Featured image of Eric Radford via his Instagram