A record seven LGBTQ athletes, including the first ever out non-binary Winter Olympian, are set to represent their countries as they vie for Olympic figure skating gold in Beijing.
Team USA named out skaters Jason Brown and Timothy LeDuc to the Olympic squad on Sunday to compete in men’s singles and pairs, respectively. 2022 marks the second Olympic Games for Brown, who won a team bronze medal at the 2014 Games. It will also be the first Olympics where the 2015 national champion will compete as an out gay man. Brown came out during Pride month 2021.
LeDuc is making history all their own by joining Team USA. The decorated pairs skater is the first publicly out non-binary athlete ever named to an Olympic team and will be the first to compete at the Games next month.
Out skater Amber Glenn was named as an alternate for the U.S. women’s singles squad. They join Team Canada’s Eric Radford and Paul Poirier, and Team France’s Kévin Aymoz and Guillaume Cizeron.