Skip to comments.Figure skating champ, US Sochi delegate Brian Boitano says he's gay
Posted on 12/19/2013 4:33:03 PM PST by bigtoona
Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow. The 1988 gold medalist had always kept his personal life private, saying in a statement that "being gay is just one part of who I am." But President Barack Obama's decision to include openly gay athletes in the delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies and not send high-ranking officials was widely seen as a message to Russia about its treatment of gays and lesbians. "First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance," Boitano said in his statement. "As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations." Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning "gay propaganda," and some suggested the United States should boycott the Sochi Olympics in protest. Obama rejected that idea earlier this year, saying a stronger statement could be made by "gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze." But his choices for the U.S. delegation left little doubt about Obama's disapproval of the new Russian law.
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No way!!! I am so shocked! A gay figure skater???
File this under “Worlds Worst Kept Secret”.
Maybe he’ll accidentally hook up with Janet Napalitano in Moscow
Next they’ll tell me Richard Simmons is gay!
A male figure skaer is gay? Knock me over with a feather. /s
And by the way, his Gold Medal winning performance back in.. well whenever, is one of my favorite sporting moments of all time, that performance had me in tears.
Well knock me over with a sequin!!
I’ve known that for years. This isn’t news.
“South Park” had him figured out almost a decade ago.
Apparently Brian was the last to know....
Next thing barbers will be gay.
Brian Boitano gay? Who knew?
Worst kept secret ever.
Is there a gay version of the Captain Obvious pic?
I thought he came out a long time ago.
I thought Boitano’s gay-ness was public knowledge twenty years ago.
Along with that of Greg Louganis.
The post above yours should suffice.
I guess I’ll give him points for keeping it in the closet for so long, and not using his sport to promote that lifestyle....up until now
Oh, man. I would never have guessed that a male figure skater was gay!
Prepare for another shock the other Brian (figure skater Brian Orser from the 1988 winter olympics Battle of the Brians) is wait for it..........also flamboyantly festive.
Who cares? Just skate.
Captain Obvious Alert
Greg Louganis, GAY.. GASP!!!!! .. :)
He thought no one knew?
Homos aren’t only perverted - they are delusional.
I would almost guarantee they somehow work the homosexual flag into the opening ceremonies while they also carry the American flag. Obama will have them do whatever they can to promote homosexuality while over there, daring the Russians to arrest them.
Obama will find a way to ruin the Olympics for the majority of Americans.
Here’s my shocked face
Something we all knew and didn’t care about years ago and now we can not care all over again.
BTW what would Brian Boitano do?
Brian Boitano “coming out of the closet” is as surprising as the Pope announcing he’s Catholic.
I wonder if these gay athletes have actually read and digested the recent Russian laws about gays? If they do understand the basis, intent, and purpose of the reasonable law would they really disagree? Or are they lemmings jumping on the band wagon?
Maybe Stevie Wonder didnt know! LOL
Right. And next they’ll be telling us Anderson Cooper is gay. Sheesh.
Wow. I never saw this one coming.....
Let me get this straight about the Skaters in particular.
They work out on the ice 4 to 8 hrs a day @ that level, do off ice training, weights, aerobic, message, possible sports psychologist and 4 to 6 coaches to work on every facet of their routines, for a 4:00 minute skate ( their Long Program ) that started with learn to skate programs and became a life of hard work for the skaters and their parents?
Obama shouldn't get politics into this, Carter did and look where it got us.
Besides, they need to eat good, get acclimated to the time change, and get plenty of rest and not get a stomach virus or the flu...
These athletes have way more on their plate than his political statement....
Just let um be young adults and enjoy this experience that they worked a life time to partake in.
He's more of a Commie that Putin, with the Commies it is always about the agenda....
One more thing, and don’t get a last minute injury during final training their or get your skates lost on the airlines... Yes it has happened and it is a nightmare....
You all who “have known it for years”: the rest of us do not regularly patronize bathhouses!
I’ve got a friend who was the last one to figure out he was gay. I knew he was gay a long time ago. Teenage boys just don’t get that excited over the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Di. LOL
I see he’s siding with the Duck Dynasty family and encouraging people to buy their products and not the ones under the Duck Dynasty label because that money goes mostly to A&E.
Well, who would have guessed?
What next? Jewish comedians?
You can't claim victim status until you come out officially, I guess.
A gay blade?
If Russia bans gays from the Olympics, male figure skating will be devastated, possibly women’s too.