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posted Friday, December 27 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 52
Brian Boitano named to U.S. Olympic delegation - Comes out publically as Gay
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Brian Boitano named to U.S. Olympic delegation - Comes out publically as Gay

by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist came out as Gay in a statement issued several days after being appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Olympic Delegation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games which open February 7. The Games are being held in Sochi, Russia during a time when Russia is being sharply criticized by much of the world for its social rights violations, as well as its laws prohibiting any public discussion that positively portrays homosexuality.

Boitano's statement reads, 'I am currently skating in Europe, but want to provide a statement regarding my appointment to the Olympic delegation. I have been fortunate to represent the United States of America in three different Olympics, and now I am honored to be part of the presidential delegation to the Olympics in Sochi. It has been my experience from competing around the world and in Russia that Olympic athletes can come together in friendship, peace and mutual respect regardless of their individual country's practices.

'It is my desire to be defined by my achievements and my contributions. 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, an uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being Gay is just one part of who I am. 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.'

Also appointed to the U.S. Olympic Delegation are openly Gay tennis legend Billie Jean King and Olympic hockey player Caitlin Cahow.

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