I concealed my emotions. Nearly 2, athletes from 88 countries gathered in Sochi, but only seven of them were out , according to the LGBTQ sports site Outsports. Of these seven athletes, not one was American, and all were women. Now, nearly four years later, Fennell is one of three publicly out male athletes competing to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games. He is joined by figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who came out publicly after winning the silver medal in Sochi.
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Figure Skater Adam Rippon Becomes First Openly Gay American To Qualify For Winter Olympics
It may sound a counterintuitive argument, but it is based on the results of an online research project comprising the detailed accounts of 2, fans, the vast majority of whom are embarrassed that football is continually characterized as a homophobic environment that prohibits gay players from revealing their sexual identity — at least until their playing career is over. Football and some other sports like basketball are oddly out of sync with other areas of society. In politics, showbusiness and other spheres of public life, being gay has not been nearly as ruinous as it might have been 30 years ago, when the late Justin Fashanu came out after a national newspaper was about to break a story about him. Fashanu remains the only professional footballer from the major leagues to have publicly pronounced that he was gay during his active playing days. A decade ago, we pursued research to investigate the extent of homophobia in football.
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Adam Rippon displayed immense early promise as a figure skater with back-to-back wins at the world junior championships. He missed out on berths with the U. In , Rippon became the first openly gay American man to qualify for the Winter Olympics, where he won a bronze medal and emerged as a fan favorite. Rippon was born on November 11, , in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Discovered to be nearly deaf, he underwent corrective ear surgery before his first birthday.
By Daily Mail Reporter. A third athlete on the American Olympic delegation has revealed that he is gay. Back on the ice: Brian Boitano, seen here at an event on December 11, won a gold medal in the Calgary games and today he came out as gay. I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations. In addition to his gold medal from the Calgary Olympics in , he also came in sixth place in the games and is a two time World Champion.