Canadian figure skater Eric Radford is sympathizing with Adam Rippon’s feud with Vice President Mike Pence.
In an interview with TMZ, Radford notes that he’s “lucky” he has a more accepting political atmosphere compared to Rippon. Radford says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even personally called himself and his figure skating partner Meagan Duhamel.
“I feel very lucky that I’m not Adam and I don’t have to deal with that whole political side of things. Since I won my gold medal I got a call from our prime minister and he tweeted Meagan and I on our individual and bronze medal. He’s been so supportive and kind and nice,” Radford says.
Radford, who announced he will now retire, went on to say that closeted gay men have reached out to him to share that his Olympic story has inspired them.
“I give all of my support to Adam and everything that he’s doing. I’ve gotten some really touching messages from other men who aren’t out and have told me that just hearing my story has helped make them feel a little better and has helped support them in a small way,” Radford says.