Out athlete Eric Radford takes home gold in Winter Olympics first

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The sporting world witnessed an important piece of history on Day 3 of the 2018 Olympic Games when Canadian figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay male athlete to win Olympic Winter gold.

Radford is Canadian and along with skating partner Meagan Duhmel impressed the judges with their routine to the song "Hometown Glory" by Adele. We really tried to pretend that we were at home and we were in training.

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.

But it was Radford's team who earned first place, with the skater winning gold alongside Gabrielle Daleman, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.

When he was selected to go to the games last month, Rippon became the first openly gay U.S. athlete to be selected to participate in the Winter Olympics. I literally feel like I might explode with pride.

Adam - who became the first ever openly gay man from the United States to qualify for the Winter Olympics earlier this year - had some choice words about Donald Trump's second in command during a recent interview.

Adam Rippon - who is also openly gay - was part of an American squad that included: Chris Knierim, Alex Shibutani, Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, Bradie Tennell, Maia Shibutani and Alexa Scimeca Knierim.

Radford will compete again in the pairs tournament, while Rippon will perform another men's single. "I'm not buying it", Rippon said to USA Today.

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