Eric Radford becomes the first openly gay man to win gold at the Winter Olympics

Figure skater Eric Radford has won gold for Canada, becoming the first openly man do ever win gold at the Winter Olympics. Radford and his partner Meagan Duhamel skated to Adele’s Hometown Glory, winning along with his fellow teammates Gabrielle Daleman, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. 

In a twitter post responding to being the first out athlete to win gold, Radford said “I literally feel like I might explode with pride.” 

Speaking after his performance he said “I want to throw up. I want to go over to the judges and say, ‘Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink? I’ll be fine.’ But I kept it together.” 

Radford follows Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, who was the first gay man to win gold in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. 

Watch the video of the winning skating duo here:

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