When Doug Mattis turned pro, he was warned that coming out would compromise his financial viability; when Brian Orser was outed by a former lover during a palimony suit, he worried that his career was over. Then she chose to speak for herself, on behalf of millions. Ron A. Fewer feathers are manlier than more feathers. I think that is probably all we will say on the subject. He wants to tell me about his busted car and half-busted truck, his solo winter camping and downhill mountain biking and the time he was driving with buddies on an ice-covered mountain road at 2 a. It's funny!
As this former medalist puts it, "You can choose to almost disappoint the audience by confirming if you're gay, and if you're not, you can potentially earn some points by being straight.
Others have argued that skating is less gay than it appears. Partners put their hands on their hips the same; they brush snow from their legs the same; they even slump the same, swinging their arms or rubbing their foreheads before straightening at the same time. Boitano's enough of an established legend to be on the safe side, but it seems that in general, gay skaters are just a tad too implicating of the male skaters around them to be seriously endorsed.
Some blame the sport's gay reputation for its drop in popularity, despite the fact that that reputation is nothing new.