Figure skater stripping
Once, a girlfriend, a fellow skater, dumped him because her friends teased her about dating a male figure skater.
Hockey players called him "fag," "gay," "homo" and "queer.""I'd be holding my skating partner's hand [while practicing on the ice], and I'd want to go faster and stronger to prove I could beat them," Larcom says about the hockey players.
"I thought, You're playing with sticks, but I have this girl who I can lift and throw.
Larcom went on to train as a member of Team USA and, in 2001, he won the junior national pairs skating championship.
By the time the men returned home, the popular perception of figure skating had changed: "It was no longer seen as something appropriate for men to do," says Mary Louise Adams, professor of sports sociology at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and author of .
Efforts to protect (and project) the macho reputation of male skaters have been under way for decades, and skating clubs and organizations tried to lure boys by playing up the masculinity of the sport and virility of its athletes. "Lots of boys sign up for skating because they want to wear sparkly costumes," says Adams.
She said she draws in up to 100 people in her broadcast at a time and more than 5,000 people per day, most of which login out of loneliness. A lot of people in my room say they get home from work and have no one to talk to or nothing to do,' Heidi said.
In 1936, Henie went pro, taking her adorable dimples and blonde hair to Hollywood.