Team LGBT: Gay Athletes In Olympic History

Team LGBT: Gay Athletes In Olympic History

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

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Natalie Cook - Volleyball, Australiam 1996, 2000, 2012


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Natasha Kai - USA, Soccer, 2008


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Sheryl Swoopes - USA, Basketball, 1996-2004



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



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


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Conchita Martinez - Spain, Tennis, 1992-2004


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Babe Didrikson Zaharias - USA, Track & field, 1932

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Rennae Stubbs - Australia, Tennis, 1996 – 2008

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Edinanci da Silva - Brazil, Judo, 1996-2008

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