Openly Gay Olympians Win Big

The Olympics has now wrapped up and it appears nearly half of the openly gay athletes who competed have won a medal at the London Games.

Out of the 23 openly gay athletes, comprising of 20 women and three men, 10 of them have won a medal solo or in a group.

American midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who scored three goals for the US women’s soccer team, who went on to win gold.

Several out lesbians make up the Dutch field hockey team including Marilyn Agliotti, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Kim Lammers, and Maartje Paumen, they also left the games with the top prize.

Rapinoe, who came out earlier this year, said the move has improved her game.

“I guess it seems like a weight off my shoulders,” she said.

“I’ve been playing a lot better than I’ve ever played before. I think I’m just enjoying myself and I’m happy.”

For the boys, British equestrian Carl Hester won gold in team dressage in London, however our own out golden boy Diver Matthew Mitcham was not so lucky. 

During the games South African Archer Karen Hultzer, confirmed her sexuality to reporters.

“I am an archer, middle aged and a lesbian. I am also cranky before my first cup of coffee. None of these aspects define who I am, they are simply part of me” She said.

“I am fortunate that my sexual identity is not an issue, and I don’t suffer the level of discrimination and violence that black lesbians in South Africa do. I look forward to the day when this is a non-issue and as relevant as my eye colour or favourite sushi.”

London 2012 doubled the amount of openly lesbian and gay athletes than Beijing 2008, which had 11. Hopefully in Rio we meet even more open competitors.

 

 

 



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