PICS: Skater Boy, Stripped

By: Brandon Voss

New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup, who came out as gay in a 2010 interview with DNA magazine, reveals even more of his true beautiful self for GT magazine.

In the new issue, the Olympic athlete explains that he was “bullied from an early age because of my sport.” He adds, “But none of it made me feel like quitting. Quite the opposite, it gave me huge inspiration to continue.”

Blake also talks about the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics — which may be the skater's last — in Russia and that country's notorious homophobia. “I don’t want to think because there are stories on the Internet about me being gay is going to put me under any jeopardy," he says. "I hope I can bring some positive change in Russia to overcome their LGBT discrimination.”

By the way, this isn't the first time Australian photographer James Demitri has gotten Blake naked; see their previous collaboration here.

See more photos from the GT shoot on the following pages.