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Brian Boitano announces he's gay before Sochi Olympics trip

Former Olympics figure skating champion Brian Boitano announced he is gay in a statement Thursday.
Former Olympics figure skating champion Brian Boitano announced he is gay in a statement Thursday. (Food Network)

Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano, who the White House named to the United States' official 2014 Sochi Olympics delegation, came out in a statement Thursday.

"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," Boitano said in a statement that BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reports was distributed by the White House.

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Following his announcement, Boitano is now the third openly gay athlete selected for the U.S. delegation to February's Winter Olympics. He will join tennis great Billie Jean King and two-time Olympic ice hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow in representing America's LGBT community in Russia.

Earlier Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pushed back against the idea the Sochi delegation was meant to send a message over Russia's anti-gay law. But with three openly gay members, one of whom reportedly had his coming out circulated by the White House, the delegation is making a strong statement about LGBT equality and diversity.

Here's Boitano's statement in full:

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