Gay Canadian figure skater Eric Radford creates history at the Winter Olympics

Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford compete in the pairs figure skating free program at the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics Thursday

History was made in PyeongChang when Canadian figure skater Eric Radford and U.S. skater Adam Rippon became the first openly gale male Winter Olympic medalists.

In the ongoing PyeongChang games, Radford took home the gold in the team figure skating event, alongside his partner Meagan Duhamel.

Radford picked up a silver medal in the same event at Sochi 2014, but only came out as gay in an article with Outsports magazine almost a year later.

Meanwhile, Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst won silver in her 3,000-meter race, narrowly losing out on gold by just.08 seconds, while Swedish ice hockey player Emilia Andersson Ramboldt played 21 minutes to help her team best Japan in a 2-1 opener.

The strong opening weekend for out LGBTQ athletes comes after nearly half of those who competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio took home a medal.

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Rippon, who is the first openly gay athlete to compete for the United States at the Winter Olympics, made headlines when he refused to meet US Vice President Mike Pence after criticising his history with the LGBT community. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.

"I had never felt compelled to talk about my sexuality before because I believed it was a non-issue", Radford wrote.

Speaking after his performance, Rippon said: "I want to throw up".

After the event, he said, 'I don't think I've ever been so nervous at 10 a.m.in my life, ' reports USA Today. Radford, a pairs skater, took gold, while Rippon, a men's singles skater, took bronze.

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