Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi has applauded fellow figure skater Brian Boitano on coming out, calling him “brave.”

Yamaguchi made her comments during an appearance on HuffPost Live.

“Obviously, he's a good friend,” Yamaguchi said of Boitano. “Absolutely love him and support whatever is going on. I know he really was brave and took a stand. And so, completely support him.”

Boitano, the 1988 Olympic figure skating champion, announced he's gay two days after he was tapped by President Barack Obama to join a 10-person delegation to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics to be held next month in Sochi, Russia. The inclusion of two openly gay athletes – tennis legend Billie Jean King and hockey player Caitlin Cahow – made headlines for what appeared to be a symbolic message from the White House to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in June signed a controversial law banning the promotion of “gay propaganda.”

Being gay “is something that doesn't define” Boitano, Yamaguchi said, “but is part of who he is.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Yamaguchi added that she would attend the Sochi Games.

(Related: Brian Boitano responds to Matt Lauer's “not surprised” comment.)