The first openly non-binary Olympian
Timothy LeDuc made history in February 2022 as the first openly non-binary Olympian to compete in the Winter Games. The American pairs figure skater hopes to pave the way for others to enter the sport without being bound by gender stereotypes.
LeDuc, who began using they/them pronouns in 2021 said after the pair skated to their season's best score at the 2022 Winter Olympics, "both Ashley and I, we had something to prove today. I hope people watching us feel like maybe there is space for them to come into figure skating. And for them to be able to celebrate what makes them unique and different."
LeDuc said many people had reached out with words of support and gratitude following the competition.
A record number of openly LGBTQ+ athletes are competing at the Winter Olympics - at least 36, or double the number from PyeongChang in 2018 - according to LGBTQ+ news site Outsports.