How two US skeleton Olympians celebrate Pride Month

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Andrew Blaser poses for a picture en route to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

But he is aware of increased visibility during celebration months, like the way Black Olympians were celebrated during Black History Month in February during the Beijing 2022 Games.

“I feel the same way about Pride and the number of Olympians and Paralympians who identify as LGBTQ and celebrate those friendships,” said Blaser.

He quoted paratriathlete Hailey Danz, a two-time Paralympic silver medalist, whom he met at OPTC. They cheer each other on and send messages back and forth when they see social media posts about each other.

Last year, in an essay for Team USA during Pride Month, Danz wrote, “For the first time in my life, I’m proud to be gay.”

Glide into the future

Wesenberg’s future in skeleton is still open. She had worked hard to form her second US Olympic team this year but was lacking points. In March, she posted a season recap video to Instagram and captioned it, “No retirement video, no commitment to more… I’m just having a lot more enjoyment doing the season recap video than I expected, so I thought I would.” do with these clips and see how it went.”

She and Fenimore honeymooned in Saint Barthélemy and call Nashville home.

Blaser is also non-binding regarding his future in skeleton. He has “some pretty cool job opportunities on the table” and knows he needs to settle down if he’s going to have a relationship thrive.

“I’m very impressed that Kendall was able to find someone who is right for her,” he said. “I would struggle with that time frame. I get too distracted on tour.”

But Blaser also knows that training is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and that at the age of 32 his days of competition are numbered. He finished 21st at the Beijing 2022 Games and could see himself aiming for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

It’s a decision he’ll make “over time.” He has since started training again.

“I made a deal with myself,” he said. “I’m going to train like I’m going to compete and then we’ll make that decision as we get closer to the goal and it feels right.”

He then added: “The way I look at it, if I get in really good shape, I’ll never be mad, right? What’s the worst that could happen? I choose not to compete and just be in better shape. Nothing wrong with that!”

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