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First non-binary Winter Olympian challenges ice skating stereotypes

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The American, who uses they/them pronouns, wants to nix traditional notions that all skating duos tell “Romeo and Juliet” stories, and instead present a show of equality and strength with Olympic partner Ashley Cain-Gribble, 26. “My hope is now being openly non-binary and being outspoken about this, maybe it will make a path for other non-binary and queer athletes that come into pairs in ice dance,” LeDuc, 31, said in a video interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A record number of openly LGBTQ+ athletes will compete at the Winter Olympics, according to LGBTQ+ news site Outsports, following the record set at 2021’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Tokyo also saw the first openly transgender and non-binary Olympians, including Canadian footballer Quinn, who uses one name, and U.S.

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