After an acclaimed stint as the figure skating commentators for the Sochi Winter Olympics, former Olympians Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski became the new faces of NBC skating commentary. The duo’s on-camera work, chemistry, and respective style were on point in Sochi — matching pink blazers, anyone?
After becoming the first openly gay active player in a major American men’s professional sport league, journeyman NBA player Jason Collins announced his retirement from professional basketball. “It has been 18 exhilarating months since I came out in Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay man in one of the four major professional team sports,” Collins said on the magazine’s website. “And it has been nine months since I signed with the Nets and became the first openly gay male athlete to appear in a game in one of those leagues. It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.”
It wasn’t one of the biggest sports stories of the year, or one of the biggest LGBT stories of the year. When Michael Sam came out publicly in February, he thrust himself into the headlines for what would be one of the biggest stories of the year — period. The former SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year was drafted, kissed his boyfriend, showered, etc. etc., and the media was there every step of the way. Through it all, he remains poised and focused on his goal of playing in a regular season NFL game, which would make him the first openly gay player to do so. Here’s wishing the former Mizzou Tiger success in 2015.