Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano came out as gay after being named to the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Brian Boitano Comes Out

"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," said Boitano, who one the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics.

"First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance,” he added. “As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations."

LGBT Athletes In U.S. Olympic Delegation

When the U.S. delegation to Sochi was announced on Tuesday, it had been noted that out lesbian tennis star Billie Jean King and hockey player Caitlin Cahow, who came out earlier this year, were on the list. The inclusion of openly LGBT athletes on the delegation was seen as a deliberate move by President Barack Obama to show U.S. support for out athletes in the face of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

"While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete,” said Boitano, “I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so."

Boitano, 50, wil take part in the Sochi 2014 opening ceremonies in Russia on Feb. 7.

– Chelsea Regan

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