Nathan Ghar-jun Adrian is an American competitive swimmer and three-time Olympic gold medalist who currently holds the American record in the long course 50-meter freestyle event. Check him out in ESPN’s bawdy-awdy-awdy issue after the NSFW jump!
If I had known that Olympic diving was gonna be such a gay sport, I wouldn’t have just thrown away my opportunity at becoming an Olympic diver in exchange for becoming OMG Blogger! BUT like Madonna says, you guys… NO REGRETS.
Check out Olympic diver Jack Laugher (The other one… The one that’s not Tom Daley) getting his hoo-hoo out for GT Magazine after the NSFW jump!
Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen has come out of the closet. Luikkonen says the timing was very important to him because he wants to raise awareness about Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the Sochi Games. Via YLE:
“I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others,” Liukkonen told Yle.
Liukkonen added that the Finnish sporting world was also in need of a more open attitude to sexuality.
“In the future I would hope that elite athletes and other people will not find homosexuality to be any kind of news,” said Liukkonen…
“As the matter wasn’t discussed, I tried to forget about it, but during high school I began to accept that I am made this way,” said Liukkonen. “Acceptance hasn’t necessarily been easy, but it hasn’t been horribly difficult either. This has been a long, slow process for me, but now I’m there.”
Aside from the fact that the immature 5-year old in me cannot WAIT to hear a British newscasters pronounce “Ari-Pekka”, this is obviously a great really thing for Liukkonen to do while at the games — particularly while still active in his sport! Congratulations to Ari-Pekka! And thanks for repping right in Putin‘s face. Face palm, Putin!
“It’s a really great feeling that I can finally be myself.”