Two-Time Olympian Johnny Weir Explains Why He Never Came Out While Skating, Praises Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy

People: Two-time Olympian Johnny Weir had nothing but praise for openly gay athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics — while simultaneously explaining why he was not publicly “out” during his time in competition.

The 33-year-old figure skater took to Twitter on Thursday to celebrate the courage of those athletes.

His message included applause for fellow figure skater Adam Rippon, who made history earlier this month when he became the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympian, and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who will know later this month if he has qualified. (Both men came out in 2015.)

As Rippon and Kenworthy have captured headlines, fans have questioned why Weir isn’t referred to as “out” during his Olympic showings. But as he revealed on Twitter Thursday, he wasn’t out “in the traditional sense.”

Weir will be at the Olympics too this year, commentating for NBC’s primetime figure skating coverage alongside fellow Olympian Tara Lipinski.

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