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Team LGBT: Gay Athletes In Olympic History

Team LGBT: Gay Athletes In Olympic History


There's no doubt that hundreds, if not thousands of LGBT athletes have competed in the modern Olympics. Here are a few who have made us proud.

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.

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