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Young Olympic luger John Fennell comes out as gay

Young Olympic luger John Fennell comes out as gay

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:53 Written by // Sabine Brix

John Fennell, the 19-year-old Olympic luge star from Canada has come out publicly in an interview with the Montreal Gazette.

Fennell, who recently competed in the Sochi Winter Olympics, has spoken of life in the proverbial closet, describing the experience as "suffocating".

"You have to play this game of, 'who knows?' You can't let off any vibes or secrets. You have to act super macho," he told the Montreal Gazette.

"You have to be hyper aware of your mannerisms and to not let off any vibes that could get detected. It's very exhausting."

Fennell has also gone on the record to discuss the nervousess he felt competing in Russia's Sochi Olympics as a closeted gay man saying, "I was a basket case."


He has spoken of the anxiousness he felt while dealing with his sexuality - the situation coming to a head in the thick of competition.

"I was sitting in the start handles and I had almost this suffocating moment. I started hyperventilating, and I couldn't breathe. "I thought to myself, 'how the hell am I brave enough to go down this hill if I can't be brave enough to be who I am?' "

Read the full interview with John Fennell here.


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

Comments (1)

  • Alan

    06 June 2014 at 12:23 |
    Congratulations John. You are an inspiration to many gay people, young and old to take this step of coming out. No straight people know what it's like being gay and too scared to come out of the closet of fear of being discriminated against. Well done. I for one are proud of you.


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