Brian Boitano: I'm Gay

Comes out after being named to Sochi Olympics US delegation

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2013 12:23 PM CST

(Newser) – Turns out the US is sending three openly gay athletes as part of its delegation to the Sochi Olympics, because Brian Boitano is also headed there and the figure skater just came out today. "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," the 1988 Olympic gold medalist said in a statement. "First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness, and tolerance." Boitano will be part of the US delegation at the opening ceremony, USA Today reports.

Former Olympian Brian Boitano smiles in the stands during the men's singles competition at the US figure skating championships in Spokane, Wash., Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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