Out athlete Eric Radford takes home gold in Winter Olympics first

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Canadian skater Eric Radford makes history by becoming the first openly gay athlete to win Winter Olympics gold.

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, representing Russian Federation, were second after Wednesday's short program but fell to fourth place Thursday.

Canada fell to third place after China's performance from Sui Wenjing and Han Cong scored a 235.47 (short program: 82.39, free skate: 153.08), but Duhamel and Radford were able to hold on to give Canada its 11th medal of the Pyeongchang Games.

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Hometown Glory was the name and the aim of the program, and Canadian skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford delivered a superb rendition on the biggest, most glorious stage their sport offers.

"It was exactly where we needed to be", Radford said later of their uncharacteristically placid demeanours heading into the skate. They have been on the podium many times before with those last three teams they just competed against.

Last June, they jettisoned one of their coaches, Richard Gauthier, and brought John Zimmerman on board to help coach Bruno Marcotte, who is also Duhamel's husband.

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"I was stroking around the ice and thought, "I am an Olympic champion". All we can do is say let's concentrate on what was a great performance and congratulations by the way to Canada for the bronze medal.

In 2014 Radford came out and in that same year won the silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Russian Federation.

Because Duhamel and Radford had been in the spotlight for so long as world champions, maybe losing was a good thing, Pelletier suggested.

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This is Radford's second Olympics, but his first as an openly gay man. Radford came out in 2014 in an exclusive interview with Outsports. "I don't think that there's any better way".