September 04, 2014

World's First Openly Straight Male Figure Skater to Join US Olympic Team

From The Daily Caller:

After his strong showing at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January, figure-skating sensation Nathan Tom has signed with the Team USA Olympic practice squad.

Tom has unequivocally stated that his goal is to become the first openly straight male figure skater in U.S. Olympic history.

Tom, a 25-year-old former U.S. Army tank commander from Provo, Utah, will join Team USA's 10-skater Olympic practice squad on Friday, according to U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director Joan Chong.

"I'm excited to be headed to the practice squad and it's just great to keep skating," Tom said. "Since I quit my job as a lumberjack, everything has been crazy. It's awesome, though. I just want to skate as long as I can."

A fellow member of the Team USA Olympic practice squad, Chett Branson, said he believes Tom will fit in with no problems.

"Everybody on this squad is like a family," Branson said. "We drink wine together. We see musical theater together. No one is going to criticize a teammate because of his sexual orientation. If he can help us bring home the gold in 2018, then I am eager to skate right beside him."

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