Queer Girl Friday: Top LGBTQIA+ Moments of the 2018 Olympics, So Far

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I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on TV! The world of mainstream television has slowed to a standstill as all eyes turn to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Here’s the latest updates on the out LGBTQIA+ Olympians competing this year; see last week’s writeup for further info on our three U.S. Olympians.

Queer Bonding During Opening Ceremony

LGBTQIA+ solidarity was front and center during the Olympic Opening Ceremony as athletes from across the world marched into the stadium in Pyeongchang. As Team USA mingled backstage, figure skater Adam Rippon and snowboarder Gus Kenworthy cuddled up to snap some quick pics for social media. The pair, who are the only out gay men representing the U.S. at the Games this year, captioned the photos “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” Tens across the board for these adorable candid snaps, and for taking the time to support each other before the games begin.

Ireen Wüst Becomes Most Decorated Out Olympian, Wins Gold for Ladies’ 1,500m Speed Skate

Bisexual Netherlands speed skater Ireen Wüst was the first out Olympian to medal at the Games, earning a silver in the women’s 3,000m and narrowly missing the gold by 0.08 seconds. Still raring to go, the speed skater then went on the win gold for the women’s 1,500m skate, which helped Wüst make history.

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are her fourth Games, and her recent wins at the 2018 Games ups her medal tally to five gold medals, four silver medals and a bronze. She’s now, officially, the most decorated LGBTQIA+ Olympian, the most decorated Dutch Olympian, and the most decorated female speed skater in history.

Emilia Andersson Ramboldt Advances With Sweden to Women’s Hockey Quarter-Finals

Swedish hockey player Emilia Andersson Ramboldt has advanced with the rest of her team to the women’s hockey quarter-finals. Sweden finished second in Group B with a 2-1 record, only losing to Switzerland. They’ll be playing against Finland in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Eric Radford Becomes First Out LGBTQIA+ Olympian to Win Gold

Eric Radford, a Canadian figure skater, became the first out Olympian to win gold at a Winter Games. He earned the medal on Monday during the team figure skating event alongside his skating partner Meagan Duhamel, and stopped to take a quick pic with fellow out Olympic figure skater Rippon, who won bronze with the rest of Team USA. Radford came out in December 2014 after winning silver at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and has been representing for Canada and the LGBTQIA+ community ever since.

Adam Rippon Wins Bronze With U.S. Figure Skating Team, Skates Clean Program Thursday Night

Rippon delighted audiences with his strong showing during the figure skating team event at the start of the Olympics, which helped earn Team USA get on the podium with the bronze medal. As aforementioned, he congratulated fellow out Olympian Radford and took a picture for social media in a show of rainbow solidarity.

Rippon then went on to skate a clean program during the men’s short program event, delivering what’s been called his performance ever. As always, his response is pure fire (and so is that sparkly see-through shirt that could double as a clubbing outfit). As Rippon told USA Today Sports, “When I am on the ice in this costume I am essentially completely naked with crystal covering my nipples. Is that OK? The officials say it is OK.” He’ll be skating again Friday night in the men’s long program event.

On that note, here are the upcoming events for two of our U.S. Olympians; sadly, speedskater Brittany Bowe just missed the podium by ranking fourth in the women’s 1,000m speed skate and fifth in the women’s 1,500m speed skate, and has no more events scheduled.

Adam Rippon

Friday, Men’s Free Skate (8 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 24 Exhibition Gala (7:30 p.m.)

Gus Kenworthy

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle; Saturday Feb. 17 for qualifying event (8 p.m. ET) and final (11:15 p.m. ET)

Aerials (twists and flips off jumps); Saturday Feb. 17 for Men’s Aerials qualifying event (6 a.m. ET), Sunda Feb. 18 for final (6 a.m. ET)

Ski Cross (team jump event); Tuesday Feb. 20 for seeding runs (9:30 p.m. ET) and main event (11:15 p.m. ET)

Ski Half-Pipe; Monday Feb. 19 for qualifying event (11 p.m. ET), Wed Feb. 21 for final (9:30 p.m. ET)

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics? Which events have you been following? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Selina Mixner

Selina is a queer, half-Filipina fangirl who loves TV, film and corgis a little too much. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Literature and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Her rules for writing are simple: is it tattoo-worthy? If not, try again.


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