He came out to Finnish outlet Yle because he wanted to speak publicly about his sexuality close to the Sochi Olympic games to shed light on Russia’s controversial anti-gay legislation.
The 24-year-old, the first in the country to come out during his career, said he is hoping for a more positive approach toward sexuality in the Finnish sporting world.
Liuokkonen said it took him a while to accept his sexuality. “I tried to forget about it, but during high school I began to accept that I am made this way.”
The swimmer came out to his sister two years ago, and his parents last month.
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