U.S. Olympic Figure Skater Timothy LeDuc Condemns 'Horrifying Human Rights Abuses' by China

U.S. Olympic Figure Skater Timothy LeDuc Condemns 'Horrifying Human Rights Abuses' by China


American figure skater Timothy LeDuc condemned China’s “horrifying human rights abuses” in remarks shortly after qualifying to participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics this weekend, admitting to feeling “powerless” about the situation amid calls to boycott the prestigious event.

LeDuc qualified on Sunday to participate in the figure skating pairs competition with partner Ashley Cain-Gribble, winning their contest at the U.S. Figure Skating Competition and cementing a place on the Olympic team. LeDuc is the first openly gay athlete to win the American pairs title and the first Olympian to identify as “non-binary,” requesting the use of the pronoun “they” when addressed.

Human rights activists and members of communities oppressed by the Chinese Communist Party have urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for over

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