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My Life as an Openly Gay Athlete

'Coming Out Often Felt Like Jumping Off a 30-Foot Cliff into a Deep Pool of Water'

(This story was published in 2003).

By: Jordan Goldwarg

When I look back over the past year, I’m amazed at how much my life has changed. Last year at this time, not only was I completely in the closet, but I had not even accepted myself as being gay. Today, though, I’ve fully accepted myself, and I’m completely out with all of my friends, my family, and most significantly, my ski team. What happened that changed everything?

Looking back now, I think I knew from a very early age that I was gay. I’ve always felt more attracted to guys than to girls, right from the time that I started feeling attraction. The problem was that I didn’t see any other gay people around me who seemed similar to me at all.