By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com July 28 2012 4:00 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.