Move Over Rippon: Meet Gay Figure Skater Jorik Hendrickx
Move over Adam Rippon, because there's another out and proud figure skater who may be stealing your spotlight tonight.
Jorik Hendrickx, who hails from Belgium, will be competing in the individual men's figure skating program tonight in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
He told OutSports that he has been out in his private life for four years now. Even though he was out privately, he made the decision to not come out during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, due to the country's well-known anti-LGBT views. He finished 16th overall that year.
“I remember avoiding questions about the gay rights in Russia,” he said. “Not because I was embarrassed, I was just not ready. Now I’m totally fine and happy with the person I am right now.”
Now, he is out and proud and has discussed his sexuality similarly to what Rippon has said in the past as it doesn't have any meaning once they hit the ice.
“There is no difference in being a gay or straight athlete,” he said. “Sexual orientation is irrelevant. I think it shouldn’t matter what your sexual orientation is because sport should be about the performances and results. My sexual orientation doesn’t make me more special than any other Olympian. We are one big happy family.”
He also has a younger sister, named Loena, representing Belgium in the same sport as him! Werk Hendrickx family!
Best of luck to Jorik in tonight's competition.