American pairs skater Timothy LeDuc makes history as first nonbinary winter Olympic

LeDuc, a pairs skater with Ashley Gain-Gribble, became the first openly nonbinary winter Olympian when they took the ice. 

LeDuc and Gain-Gribble finished in seventh place in their debut.

"It was such a joyous moment for us out there today," LeDuc said.

"I think both Ashley and I have had to overcome so many different things, so many times, where people who told us no or we don’t belong

Hopefully people watching this feel that there is space for them to come into figure skating and for them to be able to celebrate what makes them different

LeDuc came out as gay at the age of 18 and went public as nonbinary last year. 

The term nonbinary is used to describe a person who doesn’t identify exclusively as male or female.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, the term can also encompass agender, bigender, genderqueer and gender-fluid.

LeDuc, 31, joins other openly nonbinary athletes who participated in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo last summer.