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Charline Labonte reveals she's gay

Updated: June 12, 2014, 10:43 AM ET
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Canadian women's hockey goalie Charline Labonte announced she is gay in an online statement released Wednesday.

"I am gay and proudly authentic," she wrote in a story published by OutSports.com and LezSpreadTheWorld.com.

Labonte, 31, has been on the Canadian national team for 12 years. She won her fourth Olympic gold medal in February at the Sochi Games.

"I never felt I couldn't be free," Labonte wrote of her time with the team. "Just like everywhere else our team had gays ...

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