Amber Glenn first out queer skater to win U.S.

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Amber Glenn first out queer skater to win U.S.

Amber Glenn Achieves Historic First in U.S. Figure Skating

Amber Glenn, the first openly LGBTQ+ woman, has made history by winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championship. Despite encountering significant challenges, including a severe concussion and missing the 2022 Olympic trials due to COVID-19, Glenn’s unwavering determination led to her triumph.

In an interview with NBC Sports, the victor said : “Being the first openly queer women’s champion is incredible. When I came out initially, I was terrified. I was scared it would affect my scores or something.

Facing and Overcoming Obstacles

Throughout her personal and professional life, Glenn has overcome numerous obstacles. Her resilience in the face of adversity serves as an inspiration.

“When I first came out, I was terrified. I was worried it might affect my scores,” she said after the ceremony. “It means so much to me, after everything I’ve been through in the last 10 years.”

Celebrating Identity and Progress

Glenn marked her victory by proudly raising the Progress Pride flag, a symbol of her identity and her pioneering role in the sports community.

She telling : “It was worth it to see the amount of young people who felt more comfortable in their environments at the rink, [people] who feel, ‘Oh, I’m represented by her, and she’s one of the top skaters [so] I don’t have to try and hide the sight of me.’ Just because you have this aspect doesn’t mean you can’t be a top athlete.”

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