The news surrounding the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi, Russia has been decidedly veiled in pink. With Russia’s anti-gay laws, many people have been calling for the US and other nations to sit out the Winter Olympics, but so far this has not happened. Earlier this week, the US delegation to the games was announced with two openly gay members. With figure skating legend Brian Boitano’s announcement today, that number hits three. Below is Brian’s statement- and congrats Brian, for coming out publicly for a rather important reason.
“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, and 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.”