(Canada’s Scott Moir, left to right, Tessa Virtue, Eric Radford, Meagan Duhamel, Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabrielle Daleman, and Patrick Chan celebrate their gold medal victory in the team figure skating event. IMAGE CREDIT: Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)


Monday was a big day for Northern Ontario and for the LGBTQ community, as figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

After the big win, Radford celebrated on Twitter: “This is amazing! I literally feel like I might explode with pride.”


He also shared a photo of himself standing beside American figure skater Adam Rippon – the first openly gay athlete to make the U.S. Winter Olympics team, who won bronze in the same event.

“So proud that @Adaripp and I get to wear these mdeals and show the world what we can do!” He added the hashtags #represent, #outandproud and #TeamNorthAmerica.

The 33-year-old is from Balmertown – a small community near Thunder Bay. Meanwhile, his partner, Meagan Duhamel is from Lively!

(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

The duo performed a breathtaking routine to Adele’s song, “Hometown Glory”.

Missed the performance? Check it out the highlights below (5:27 into video)


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