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Gay Olympic champ Radford receives praise from IOC athletes commission head

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Skip Kevin Koe competes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

An Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation squad of Alina Zagitova, Ekaterina Bobrova, Mikhail Kolyada, Vladimir Morozov, Evgenia Medvedeva, Natalya Zabiyako, Aleksandr Enbert, Evgenia Tarasova and Dmitri Soloviev won silver at the event on Monday, while Team USA claimed the bronze medal.

Radford will compete again in the pairs tournament, while Rippon will perform another men's single. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.

Radford was not the only openly gay competitor in the team event, with bronze medallists the United States of America featuring 28-year-old Adam Rippon.

Canadian figure skater Eric Radford said he "might explode with pride" after becoming the first openly gay man to ever win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Radford joined Australian diver Matthew Mitcham as the only openly gay Olympic champions to win gold at an Olympics.

After coming out in 2014, Radford worked with the Canadian Olympic Committee on their #OneTeam initiative, developed to reach one million youth in one year by sending Olympians into schools to talk about LGBT issues.

He has also got into a high-profile spat with Vice President Mike Pence over the latter's views on LGBTI rights. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together", he said. I felt it was important to come out here and skate a very strong performance for the U.S. team'. He tweeted a photo of the two of them with the message, "v proud of this guy".

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