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"I thought, You're playing with sticks, but I have this girl who I can lift and throw.Larcom went on to train as a member of Team USA and, in 2001, he won the junior national pairs skating championship.Britain's John Curry, known for bringing ballet to the ice, came out in 1976, the same year he won Olympic gold and the world figure skating championships (he died of an in 1994).Canadian figure skater Matthew Hall came out in 1992. champion Johnny Weir came out after competing in the 2010 Vancouver games, it seemed more like a formality.Canadian champion Brian Orser was publicly outed by an ex-boyfriend in a palimony suit in 1998. And Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist, never intended to reveal his sexual orientation until President Obama appointed him, along with openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King and openly gay ice hockey Olympian Caitlin Cahow, to the American Olympic delegation for the Sochi games.Obama's move was a provocative reproach to Russia's new anti-gay law propaganda law that looms over what's set to be the Weir, the two-time Olympic figure skater and three-time U. champion who retired last fall, defied this prejudice and solidified his place as figure skating's gay darling by showing, not telling.In 1936, Henie went pro, taking her adorable dimples and blonde hair to Hollywood.
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He wore a crown of red roses and hugged a heart-shaped pillow in the Olympic rink's "kiss and cry" area, and donned a costume lined in fox fur as well as a pink and black body suit. Open Pro Figure Skating Championships, he emulated Tonya Harding and Peggy Fleming before stripping off his long-sleeved black shirt to finish his artistic program in a shiny sleeveless vest."Back in my day, me and my compatriots were actively told to keep [being gay] a secret," says Mattis, who went on to have a successful professional skating and coaching career. We have to be Ken and Barbie, but the reality is that Ken is dating Ken and Barbie doesn't always want to look like Barbie, or at least act like Barbie."'They Want to Wear Sparkly Costumes'In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, figure skating prospered in Europe as an elite gentleman's sport.
But he didn't come out publicly until he was done competing. "Skating officials said it was in our best interest. Some posed it as, Skating's reputation has a hard enough time being accepted by the public anyway. It wasn't until the 1920s and 1930s that the feminization of skating began to take hold with the arrival of young Sonja Henie, an ice skating queen turned film star.
"I didn't want people to know about it," he concedes.
"Something that I spent more time doing than anything else, sacrificing my family and friends - I wasn't proud to say I was national champion."It's no surprise why.