Eric Radford became the first openly gay Olympic champion in the history of the Winter Games, by virtue of his role among Canada's gold medalists in team figure skating.
He and his pairs skating partner, Meagan Duhamel, helped Canada earn top honours in the team figure skating event. We really tried to pretend that we were at home and we were in training.
Radford officially came out in an article in Outsports Magazine in December 2014, nearly a year after helping Canada earn Olympic silver in the same event in Sochi.
The strong opening weekend for out LGBTQ athletes comes after nearly half of those who competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio took home a medal. Its team took gold with 73 points, OAR (Olympic Athletes of Russia) took silver with 66 points, and United States of America took 62 points for third place.
Adam Rippon, who became the first openly gay male athlete to reach the Winter Olympics for Team USA this year, won bronze in the men's individual during the same event at the Gangneung Ice Arena. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.
"This is awesome! I literally feel like I might explode with pride", Radford wrote on Twitter after winning the gold. Eric said on Twitter alongside a photo of himself and Adam.