The LGBT community can be proud of the showing gay and lesbian athletes made at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
From SBNation: Ten publicly out gay and lesbian Olympians are taking home medals from these Olympic Games in London, most of them gold.
If Team Gay was a country, it would have finished 31st overall with
seven medals, tied with Mexico, Ethiopia and Georgia.
They would have
beaten the medal count of such countries as Jamaica, Ireland, Argentina
They would have finished 21st overall for most golds (four),
tied with Iran, Jamaica, Czech Republic and Korea.
The 2012 openly gay Olympic medal winners are:
- GOLD: Seimone Augustus, USA, Basketball. The U.S. women’s basketball team was arguably the most dominant team in any sport at these Olympics.
- GOLD: Carl Hester,
Great Britain, Equestrian. Hester and his two teammates won Great
Britain’s first-ever Team Dressage gold. Hester finished fifth overall
in the individual competition.
- GOLD: Marilyn Agliotti, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Kim Lammers, Maartje Paumen,
Netherlands, Field Hockey. The Dutch women beat Argentina, 2-0, in the
gold medal match. Paumen and Dirkse van den Heuvel scored the team’s two
- GOLD: Megan Rapinoe,
USA, Soccer. The Americans beat Japan, 2-1, in the gold medal match.
Rapinoe had a key pass in the game. She also had two big goals in the
semifinal match. Coach Pia Sundhage is also openly lesbian.
- SILVER: Judith Arndt, Germany, Cycling. Arndt was the first out athlete to win a medal in London, taking silver in the road race time trial.
- BRONZE: Edward Gal,
Netherlands, Equestrian. Gal was on the bronze-medal team for Team
Dressage; He finished ninth overall in the individual event.
- BRONZE: Lisa Raymond, USA, Tennis. Raymond and partner Mike Bryan won the mixed doubles bronze medal.
Let’s hear it for Team Gay!