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Figure Skating Legend Toller Cranston Dies At 65: VIDEO

Toller Cranston

Canadian figure skating legend Toller Cranston has died at the age of 65 in Mexico. The cause is yet unclear but is thought to be a heart attack, and no foul play is suspected in his death.

Cranston was known for inspiring generations of figure skaters with his creative sense of style, and in later years became one of the most sought-after choreographers. However, his performance aesthetic and reputation with judges during the Olympics was practically the inspiration for Stick ItHe was penalized for his flamboyant sense of style, and wrote in his book Zero Tollerance, "The judging world is an eternal Jurassic Park. There are always the same dinosaurs out there. They’re immune to the aging process. . . They simply refused to die."

The Canadian Press put together a brief remembrance video that you can watch AFTER THE JUMP... 

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Gay Canadian Figure Skater, Olympic Silver Medalist Eric Radford Is Pushing A Perfect 10


Canadian figure skater Eric Radford (above) seriously considered coming out publicly prior to the Sochi Olympics. 

But ultimately Radford decided he didn't want to be a poster child at an event where gay rights were sure to be a hot-button issue — or worse, risk scrutiny from Russian authorities looking to enforce the country's anti-gay law. 

Radford.Eric4"My concern was that I would be known as 'the gay athlete' if I came out at the Olympics, rather than Eric the medalling figure skater who happens to be gay," Radford tells OutSports. "And I felt uncomfortable with that title."

Whether you agree with it or not, Radford's decision appears to have paid off. Focused on the competition and not media hype over his sexuality, he helped the Canadian team earn a silver medal in Sochi.

Now, as he and his figure skating partner, Meagan Duhamel (right), continue to enjoy remarkable success, Radford decided the time was right. According to OutSports, he becomes the first elite figure skater to come out at the height of his career. 

Radford and Duhamel are three-time defending Canadian pairs champions — and they won bronze at the World Championships in 2013 and 2014. Now, they're setting their sights on the 2018 Olympics in South Korea — Radford even got a tattoo on his chest as a symbol of his dedication to that goal. 

In the OutSports interview, Radford recalls how he was teased mercilessly as a child, not only because figure skating was considered a "gay" sport but because he had a lisp. But being gay in figure skating pairs also has its advantages, Radford says:

"A lot of pairs end up dating one another. It can become risky because your on-ice training can be affected by your off-ice relationship. If you have a fight at home, it makes that training difficult. I used to joke around that I'm the ultimate pair-boy. I never had to worry about developing an off-ice relationship."

Although he just came out publicly, Radford says many in the figure skating community already knew. He and his boyfriend have been together four years, and they're raising a daughter together.  

Read Radford's full interview with OutSports here.

Watch videos of Radford completing a performance despite a broken nose in 2011 and taking the ice bucket challenge with his boyfriend earlier this year, AFTER THE JUMP ...  


Meet X-Factor Star Ray Quinn and His Skating, Surfing, Six-Pack: VIDEO


Ray Quinn, a former X Factor runner-up, was crowned champion of the UK's Dancing on Ice reality skating competition on Sunday in the final episode of the show. Quinn received a perfect score for the first of his routines - a surfing safari set to a Beach Boys medley.


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1521

SHE4ME: A beautiful new marriage equality PSA. "SHE4ME is set against a song called 'She' by Jen Foster who makes a cameo appearance as 'The Wedding Singer'. The song has been a favorite within the lesbian community for over a decade and is often used in commitment ceremonies. She has been reworked specifically for this project, by renowned music producer Eve Nelson. SHE4ME was directed by Nicole Conn, who was officially crowned the #1 LGBT Feature film Writer/Director of all time by Wolfe Video in January 2014."


GOATS: Just havin' fun.

THE SCIENCE OF FIGURE SKATING: The ASAPScience guys head back to the Olympics.

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Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Arrives in Sochi, Immediately Touts Support for Equality

Figure skater Ashley Wagner has arrived in Sochi and indicated the irony with which she views the Sochi decorating scheme and says she won't tone down her criticism of the country's anti-gay laws, USA Today reports:

Wagner"It doesn't really matter where I am, it's still my opinion. It's a very colorful venue, though. I think it's funny," Wagner said, laughing, after she finished her practice.

Asked if she was referring to the Sochi Games' rainbow-colored logo, which is plastered everywhere, she said yes.

"It's very rainbow colorful," she said. "I love it, I really do."

Wagner added that she is not going to be quiet if asked about the laws:

"I stand by what I've said before. I'm an athlete here at the games, there's only so much I can do," she said. "But I believe in equality for all. You're born with the right to be as equal as anyone else."

Wagner has been the most outspoken U.S. Olympic athlete when it comes to condemning Russia's anti-gay position.

The U.S. Men's Heterosexual Figure Skating Championships on SNL: VIDEO


"The U.S. Committee has decided to put together a B-squad of less talented but undeniably heterosexual figure skaters" in case of any last minute problems with Russia's anti-gay laws.



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