Team LGBT: Gay Athletes In Olympic History

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com July 28 2012 3:00 AM ET

Now that the Olympic torch is ablaze in London, we can't help but think about all of the gay athletes, out and closeted, to represent their countries doing what they do best. Outsports has compiled more than 100 athletes who have done just that, and what's impressive is that 52% of LGBT-identified athletes on their list have earned at least one shiny piece of medal.

And for the record, the gayest Olympic sports -- that is, the sports with the most openly gay Olympic athletes -- are soccer, track & field, swimming, and equestrian. Click through for ten members of the historical Team LGBT.

Gay Games founder Tom Waddell - USA, Track & Field

Natalie Cook - Volleyball, Australiam 1996, 2000, 2012

 

Natasha Kai - USA, Soccer, 2008

 

Sheryl Swoopes - USA, Basketball, 1996-2004

 

Carl Hester - UK, Equestrian, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2012

 

Bruce Hayes - USA, Swimming, 1984 (with Jack Mackenroth, right)

 

Conchita Martinez - Spain, Tennis, 1992-2004

 

Babe Didrikson Zaharias - USA, Track & field, 1932

Rennae Stubbs - Australia, Tennis, 1996 – 2008

Edinanci da Silva - Brazil, Judo, 1996-2008

For the rest of Outsports' list of historic members of Team LGBT, click here.