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Kiwi Olympian comes out

Kiwi Winter Olympian Blake Skjellerup has come out as gay in an interview with DNA magazine.

The 24-year-old, who recently represented New Zealand in short track speed skating at this year’s Vancouver Olympics, went one further, admitting he was in a relationship with a fellow competitor.

“We are not yet at the point in society where being a gay sportsperson is not a big deal,” Blake told DNA. “If I was asked during any of my twenty-something interviews at the Olympics whether I had a boyfriend or a girlfriend . . . I would have replied honestly, but I may have replied hesitantly.”

Blake says that although some of his Kiwi team mates knew of his sexuality, he wasn’t discriminated against.

“Back when I was 18, and becoming serious about my sport and my Olympic goals, if I could have seen an athlete like myself out there – with whom I could relate to – my journey would have been a lot easier.”

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