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Jorik Hendrickx BEL

Openly gay figure skater Jorik Hendrickx was happy not being in the spot light

In the midst of the media hype surrounding Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon at the Winter Olympics, there was another openly gay athlete flying the flag with pride.

I felt more free in Korea because my journey of acceptance was completed.

Belgian ice skater Jorik Hendrickx was never given as much attention as his fellow Olympians, who became the first first two openly gay men to make a Team USA winter team. This doesn’t mean Hendrickx’s story was any less important, especially in Pride month.

Hendrickx, 26, finished 14th in the men’s singles competition in Pyeongchang. Having won Belgium’s national championships twice and finishing in the top 10 at the last three European Championships. Hendrickx’s time in South Korea was one that he is proud of. Not only was he competing at the pinnacle of his sport, he was doing so without fear.


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