This is Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen, who publicly came out today.
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.
"I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it's sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others."
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.
"Homosexuality is the same kind of characteristic as whether a person has blue or brown eyes, or whether they are left- or right-handed," he said.
Read the entire interview here.