Olympian speedskater and New Zealand's gay games ambassador, Blake Skjellerup, is interviewed by CleveScene and tells how coming out of the closet has impacted his life:
That's what was hard, I felt it starting to weigh on me. I felt the pressure weighing on my performance. And once I came out, I felt that weight lifted off my shoulders, I just needed to be a good athlete. A coach, an administrator, a dean of a college or university needs to think about that: If this is going to be affecting my sports team, they'll learn to make it an encouraging environment for LGBT athletes.
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