Boitano named to U.S. Olympic delegation, comes out as gay

Washington Blade

Figure skater Brian Boitano on Thursday came out as gay in a statement in which he discussed his selection to be part of the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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

Boitano’s announcement comes two days after the White House announced he would join retired tennis champion Billie Jean King, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and presidential advisor Robert Nabors at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics that will take place in Sochi, Russia, in February. Lesbian Olympic ice hockey champion Caitlin Cahow is among the five-member U.S. delegation that will attend the games’ closing ceremonies.

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