Olympic pole vaulter and world champion Shawn Barber came out publicly as gay earlier today. He took to Facebook in the early-morning hours Monday and posted this message:

“Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and i love you too!”