John M. Becker

Brian Boitano, U.S. Delegate to Sochi, Comes Out As Gay

Filed By John M. Becker | December 19, 2013 1:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Brian Boitano, coming out, figure skating, Olympics, Sochi 2014, welcome out

brian-boitano.jpgBrian Boitano, the Olympic and World Champion figure skater and member of the U.S. presidential delegation to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, confirmed today for the first time that he is gay.

Boitano, 50, becomes the third openly LGBT member of President Obama's Olympic delegation, alongside tennis legend Billie Jean King and hockey star Caitlin Cahow.

Boitano's full statement, via email from Keith Sherman & Associates Public Relations:

I am currently skating in Europe but want to provide a statement regarding my appointment to the Olympic delegation. I have been fortunate to represent the United States of America in three different Olympics, and now I am honored to be part of the presidential delegation to the Olympics in Sochi. It has been my experience from competing around the world and in Russia that Olympic athletes can come together in friendship, peace and mutual respect regardless of their individual country's practices.

It is my desire to be defined by my achievements and my contributions. While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so. I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am. First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance. As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations.

A personal aside: I've been a figure skating fan since I was a small child -- and Brian Boitano has always been one of my all-time favorites -- so I'm especially thrilled to see him take this important step. Kudos to you, Brian, and welcome to the out and proud LGBT family!

That's what Brian Boitano would do!

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