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Jorik Hendrickx shares why coming out just days before the Olympics worked

After representing Belgium in Sochi, Hendrickx shared his truth with the world days ahead of the 2018 Games.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2017 - Oberstdorf
Jorik Hendrickx is a two-time Olympian and three-time Belgian national champion. He’s pictured celebrating his victory at the Nebelhorn Trophy in 2017.
Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images

Jorik Hendrickx competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics before he came out, and then in 2018 after he came out. Barely.

The figure skater from Belgium came out publicly just days ahead of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, prompted by some media questions and a growing comfort with himself.

On the latest episode of the Five Rings To Rule Them All podcast, Hendrickx talks with me about that moment he came out publicly, what led him to do it just days before the 2018 Winter Olympics, and what the Belgian media did that made it all work.

Plus he shares his unique experience as part of a sibling duo that — with his sister Leona Hendrickx — competed at the Winter Olympics in the same sport. Having a sister in figure skating lead to some interesting moments of both support and competition. He now coaches his sister.

You can listen to the conversation with Jorik Hendrickx on the Megaphone player, or by visiting Spotify for an easy browser player. Five Rings To Rule Them All is also available on Google Podcasts, Apple podcasts and many more platforms. Just search for Outsports wherever you get your podcast.

And be sure to follow Five Rings To Rule Them All on Twitter.

You can follow Jorik Hendrickx on Twitter @JorikHendrickx, or on Instagram @Jorik.Hendrickx.