Wesley Campbell, hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, has etched his name into the annals of figure skating history. This professional figure skater turned coach has not only achieved remarkable success on the ice but has also become an icon of LGBT visibility.
Campbell is a four-time U.S. National Medalist, a six-time Senior National competitor, an International Senior Level competitor, and a Junior World Team member. His skating prowess has been showcased on international stages, earning him accolades and admiration from skating enthusiasts worldwide.
Notably, Campbell was recently part of the sensational “Holiday On Ice” tour, enthralling audiences with 137 shows across 29 countries. Despite opportunities to further pursue his professional skating career, Campbell chose a different path, one that emphasizes his dedication to coaching and nurturing the talents of promising figure skaters.
Beyond his remarkable achievements in the world of figure skating, Wesley Campbell is also celebrated for his unapologetic openness about his sexuality. He proudly identifies as gay, and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance has been an inspiring one.
Reflecting on his coming out experience, Campbell shared, “By the time I was 10, I knew I was attracted to guys. I don’t think I was ever exactly in [the closet], and I had this sense of self that was ultimately, if someone didn’t like me, then don’t like me. And I had to just roll with that. It’s not easy for anyone, but it wasn’t particularly hard for me. When I got to that age to make some choices, it wasn’t scary for me,” as he told Outsports.
Apart from his talents on the ice and his role as a coach, Wesley Campbell has also earned attention for his charisma and charm, which he unabashedly shares on his social media. His captivating Instagram posts have garnered quite the following, making him a beloved figure both on and off the ice.
In a world that increasingly values authenticity and diversity, Wesley Campbell’s journey as a world-class figure skater and an advocate for LGBT visibility serves as a testament to the power of being true to oneself. His story continues to inspire individuals within and beyond the skating community, reminding us that authenticity and excellence know no bounds.