There have been 39 Olympic gay figure skaters. here is the list

There have been at least 39 gay men to compete in figure skating at the Winter Olympics over the years, with eight men publicly competing in 2022. LGBT historian Tony Scupham-Bilton has identified these men over the yearsincluding a careful gay identification process.

These gay men have combined for 15 Olympic medals, with several set to compete in pair figure skating later this week. Five other gay athletes have been named replacements.

In addition to gay 37, Timothy LeDuc is non-binary and will be making his Olympic debut this week. Scupham-Bilton identified only two LGBTQ women to compete in figure skating at the Olympics: Fumie Suguri, who came out as bisexual in 2014 and competed at two Olympics, and Kaitlyn Weaver.

Six of the gay men who competed won Olympic gold medals:

Ondrej Nepela, 1972
Cousins ​​Robin1980
John Curry, 1976
Brian Boitano, 1988
Eric Radford, 2018
Guillaume Cizeron, 2022

Various men have won another Olympic medal, including:

Toller Cranstonbronze 1976
Brian Orsersilver, 1984
Brian Orser, silver, 1988
Rob McCallbronze 1988
Timothée Goebel, bronze, 2002
Jeff Buttle, Bronze 2006
Eric Radford, silver, 2014
Jason Brown, bronze, 2014
Guillaume Cizeron, silver, 2018
Adam Rippon, bronze, 2018
Eric Radford, bronze, 2018

Boitano and Orser were one of the hottest topics at the 1988 Winter Olympics, dubbed the Battle of the Brians.

Of all the competitors, Radford is the most decorated, with a gold, silver and bronze medal. Only two others – fellow Canadian Brian Orser and French ice dancer Guillaume Cizeron – have won multiple Olympic medals. Orser is also the coach of several successful Olympians, including Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.

Other notables include star NBC commentator Johnny Weir, as well as Randy Gardner, who recently released a documentary about his life, Go figure.

Even with all of these LGBTQ athletes, none had publicly been to the Olympics until 2018, although there is some debate about Weir.

Scupham-Bilton hasn’t fully updated its list of LGBTQ Olympians to include 2022, but you can find its list at his blog Queerstory Files. He says he will update his full lists of LGBTQ Olympians later this year.

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