closets at the olympics?

Jim Buzinski of reports that out of the record 10,708 athletes attending the Beijing Olympics, only 10 of them are openly gay — and all of them are women except for Australian diver Matthew Mitcham. The nine out women are: Judith Arndt (Germany, cycling), Imke Duplitzer (Germany, fencing), Gro Hammerseng and Katja Nyberg (Norway, handball and a lesbian couple), Natasha Kai (U.S., soccer), Lauren Lappin (U.S., softball); Victoria “Vickan” Svensson (Sweden, soccer); Rennae Stubbs (Australia, tennis) and Linda Bresonik (Germany, soccer). In addition, there is also U.S. softball player Vicky Galindo, who has identified herself as a bisexual and was interviewed by the Advocate. In Athens in 2004, there were 11 openly gay athletes while in Sydney there were only seven.


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One response to “closets at the olympics?

  1. fixator

    It is hard to believe that in these times their still remains a stigma attached to being gay in the sports world.

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