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Pole vaulter Shawn Barber doesn’t think being gay is “a big deal”

OTTAWA—World champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber is one of a handful of men in history who has jumped six metres. He’s also one of the few men to announce he is gay during the peak of his athletic career.

But he’d much rather be talking about his plans to get back to his world-winning heights than his personal life.

“It’s something that shouldn’t be a big deal,” Barber said, right after winning the Canadian championships.

Barber posted “Gay and proud!” on social media in April. He spoke publicly about that decision for the first time Sunday.

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