According to a report in The Huffington Post, figure skating legend and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano has come out as gay ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
“It is my desire to be defined by my achievements and my contributions,” Boitano said in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Boitano, 50, has been appointed by President Obama to the Olympic Delegation, and will be heading to the opening ceremonies on February 7. He will be joined by openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King and gay ice hockey Olympian Caitlin Cahow.