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Eric Radford is the first openly gay male Winter Olympic champion

Eric Radford is the first openly gay male Winter Olympic champion

He also took to Instagram, posing with Adam Rippon - the bronze-medal figure skater who is the first openly gay athlete from the U.S. to compete in the Winter Games.

Radford, 33, and skating partner Meagan Duhamel wowed the crowds with their free skate program on February 12, helping to capture Canada's first gold of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in the team figure skating event.

As the first openly gay male athletes from Team USA to make it to the Winter Olympics, figure skater Adam and freeskier Gus Kenworthy are helping to fly the flag for the LGBTQ community in turbulent times.

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Radford joined Australian diver Matthew Mitcham as the only openly gay Olympic champions to win gold at an Olympics.

But it was Radford's team who earned first place, with the skater winning gold alongside Gabrielle Daleman, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Eric Radford has become the first ever openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. He has since continued to build himself a large social media following with this witty postings and LGBTI advocacy. But Radford's win signals a major first in the Winter Games, which had previously hosted LGBTQ athletes, but never a gold medalist.

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Germany's Natalie Geisenberger took home the gold medal once the competition resume, while American Erin Hamlin finished sixth. There were concerns that she may have suffered leg or spinal injuries in the crash.

Adam Rippon (left) and Eric Radford.

"So proud to be wearing these medals and showing the world what we can do!" he wrote. He came out gay in a 2015 interview with Skating magazine. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together", he said.

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