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Figure skating legend Brian Boitano confirms he is gay before trip to Sochi and 2014 Winter Olympics

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
MKAUFMAN@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Figure skating legend Brian Boitano, who was named by President Obama this week to the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, announced Thursday that he is gay and “proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance.”

Boitano, 50, is the 1988 Olympic gold medalist. He had never publicly discussed his sexuality. He becomes the third openly gay athlete named to the delegation, joining tennis star Billie Jean King and two-time U.S. hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow.

Their presence representing the United States in Olympic ceremonies is viewed as a strong statement against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

Click here to read Boitano's full statement.

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