Canadian Eric Radford Becomes First Openly Gay Man To Win Gold At Winter Olympics

"I feel like I might explode with pride!"

Canadian Eric Radford won the gold in team figure skating at PyeongChang with partner Meagan Duhamel, making him the first out man to take the top spot in a Winter Olympics

The duo skated to Adele’s “Hometown Glory” on Sunday at Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea.

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“If you have the wrong piece of music and it doesn’t connect with the audience or the judges, it doesn’t really matter how great you skate,” Radford, 33, told CBC Radio. “You’re gonna be missing something.”

On Twitter, Radford wrote “This is amazing! I literally feel like I might explode with pride. #Olympics #outandproud”

Out American skater Adam Rippon took the bronze on Sunday, performing to Coldplay’s “O” and “Arrival of the Birds” by Cinematic Orchestra.

“I want to throw up,” Rippon said after his skate. “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.”

Rippon and Ratford later posed for a joint photo celebrating their victories.

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