Sunnyvale, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano revealed that he’s gay after he was named to the delegation for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“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,” said Boitano, who won the gold in 1988.
“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,” he added.
The 50-year-old Boitano’s revelation came two days after he was named by President Obama to the opening ceremony delegation that also includes Billie Jean King, the tennis legend who is openly gay.
Boitano says he’s proud to be chosen to represent the American delegation as a former Olympic athlete, but “I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so.”
Two-time U.S. ice hockey Olympic medalist Caitlin Cahow, who also is openly gay, was named to the closing ceremony delegation.
Their presence in the delegations has been viewed as a strong message from Obama against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.