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Gay Olympics figure skating legend Brian Boitano gets opportunity to send message in Sochi

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
MKAUFMAN@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Figure skating legend Brian Boitano was performing in a show in the French Alps in December when he got a call from the White House that led him to tell the world something he had kept private for more than three decades of public life.

President Obama invited Boitano, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist, to represent the United States at the Sochi Winter Olympics as part of the official delegation.

The 50-year-old skater was flattered and accepted, without reservation. There was never any discussion about who else was invited or about sexual orientation.

It wasn’t until the delegation was announced the next day, and he saw who would be traveling with him — tennis icon Billie Jean King and two-time Olympic hockey player Caitlyn Cahow — that Boitano realized why he was selected and the powerful message Obama was sending to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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