Just a couple days ago the White House released who’s who on the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. We’ve seen a lot of reactions to the news so far, but the greatest yet is gold medalist figure skater Brian Boitano has come out of the closet, and silver medalist Caitlin Cahow lays out how the symbolism is important.
Brian Boitano came out of the closet in a statement saying:
“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.
First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance. As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations.” – Brian Boitano, via USA Today.
Caitlin Cahow quickly picked up on the statement that was being made with who was chosen for the delegation, and shared her excitement with USA TODAY Sports:
“It’s obviously a statement that’s being made, but I think it’s an incredibly respectful one. Basically, the White House is highlighting Americans who know what it means to have freedoms and liberties under the constitution. That’s really what we’re representing in Sochi and it’s not at all different from what’s espoused in the spirit of Olympism.
So I think it’s just a great group of people. I can’t believe I’ve been named one of them because it’s a remarkable roster and I just think that we’re going to represent what the best America can be. Hopefully, it will unify all of Team USA and send a message of love and acceptance to the world.”