Figure skating, when done right, is an exercise in grace under fire. It demands impeccable precision and flawless showmanship on a treacherously slick surface, all while under the microscopes of judges and audience alike.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Donovan Carrillo, a 16-year-old figure skater from Mexico, has the same kind of cool unflappability on Twitter as he does on ice, shooting down homophobic trolls as effortlessly as he lands his jumps and pirouettes.
On September 10, Carrillo was in Yokohama, Japan, competing in the figure skating Junior Grand Prix. For his routine, Carrillo performed to “Hasta Que Te Conocí,” by legendary (and legendarily flamboyant) Mexican signer Juan Gabriel. The song, he later explained, was both an ode to his mother, and a tribute to the iconic Gabriel, who passed away in August at the age of 66.