Gay Canadian figure skater Eric Radford creates history at the Winter Olympics

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Rippon helped the team figure skating bronze with a near-flawless performance, and won over the entire Internet in the process thanks to his skill, his story, and his refreshingly honest tweets and interviews.

The Canadian athlete won gold in the team figure skating event after he and his partner Meagan Duhamel skated magnificently to Adele's Hometown Glory.

Now, not only is this Eric Radford's first time going to the Winter Olympics as an openly gay man, but this win makes him the first openly gay athlete to receive a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

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In 2014 Radford came out and in that same year won the silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Russian Federation. He took home a silver from the 2014 Sochi Games for his role on Canada's second-place team figure skating squad.

Rippon, who is the first openly gay athlete to compete for the United States at the Winter Olympics, made headlines when he refused to meet US Vice President Mike Pence after criticising his history with the LGBT community. They took a powerful picture after getting their medals. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015. But Radford's win signals a major first in the Winter Games, which had previously hosted LGBTQ athletes, but never a gold medalist. "I'm not buying it", Rippon said to USA Today.

The 33-year-old Radford, who hails from tiny Balmertown, Ontario, celebrated his success with Rippon after the two received their respective medals.

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