Pop Culture: Rudy Galindo

Rudy Galindo Skates His Way Into America’s Hearts
He’d already won the 1988 World Junior title and the U.S. senior championships in 1989 and 1990 with Kristi Yamaguchi, but Rudy Galindo made figure skating history in 1996 when he won the men's title at the U.S. Championships. Not only did the then 26-year-old Galindo become the nation’s first Latino figure skating champion and the oldest male to win the title in 70 years, but was also the first openly gay skating champion in the U.S. Galindo would go on to win a bronze medal at the 1996 World Championships.

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.