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Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano announces that he's gay

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Brian Boitano won the men's figure skating title at the 1988 Winter Olympics which took place in Calgary, Canada. He was known for always skating perfectly and for his unique Tano triple Lutz jump where he held his arm high above his head. He was the first male figure skater ever to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and he also won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Don Jose in "Carmen On Ice." He received perfect 6.0 marks. He hosted his own cooking show and recently signed autographs for his new cookbook.

Most ice skating fans knew Brian Boitano was gay, but the Olympic figure skating champion kept his personal life to himself. That has now changed.

"Being gay is just one part of who I am," stated Boitano after President Barack Obama made the decision to include openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games which will take place in Sochi, Russia in February, 2014.

"First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance." - Brian Boitano

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