Amber Glenn Historic Victory: First LGBTQ Woman to Win U.S. Figure Skating Championship

Plano native Amber Glenn makes history as the first openly LGBTQ+ woman to win the U.S. Figure Skating Championship, showcasing resilience and representation in the sport.

Amber Glenn, a figure skater from Plano, Texas, has achieved a historic milestone by winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championship. Her victory is particularly significant as she becomes the first openly LGBTQ+ woman to clinch this title. Glenn, who identifies as bisexual and pansexual, has previously competed in the championship eight times, securing a silver medal in 2021 and a bronze in 2023.

Despite facing challenges, including a severe concussion at the start of the season and a withdrawal from the 2022 Olympic trials due to COVID-19, Glenn’s triumph at the championship is a testament to her resilience and dedication to the sport.

Her win not only marks a personal achievement but also represents a significant moment in the representation of LGBTQ+ athletes in figure skating and sports in general. “I know I have so much more left in me,” Glenn said. “Ten years ago, I won junior (nationals), and the world of expectations were put upon me, and it crushed me. And now, coming back 10 years later and having this — it’s incredible.”

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