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Sports: Out Gays Win Olympic medals
2004-09-01

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Eleven out gays and lesbians are known to have participated in the Summer Olympics in Athens and seven of them won medals.

According to Outsports.com, openly gay Olympians included American equestrians Robert Dover and Guenter Seidel, British equestrian Carl Hester, New Zealand equestrian Blyth Tait, British hurdler Rob Newton, French tennis player Amélie Mauresmo, American tennis player Martina Navratilova, Spanish tennis player Conchita Martínez, Dutch swimmer Johan Kenkhuis, German fencer Imke Duplitzer, and German cyclist Judith Arndt.

Arndt won a silver medal in the women's road race, Mauresmo won a silver medal in women's singles tennis, Martínez won a silver medal in women's doubles tennis, Dover and Seidel won bronze medals in equestrian team dressage, Duplitzer won a silver medal in women's team epee, and Kenkhuis and his teammates won silver medals in the men's 4x100 freestyle relay.

Arndt was fined $162 for 'flipping the bird' as she crossed the finish line. She was upset that her lover, Petra Rossner, had been cut from the German road race team, she said.

Dover told reporters there were many more gay Olympians than the 11 known to be out.

'You spend a day with these athletes, and it becomes obvious that gay people are everywhere,' he said. 'The reason many of them aren't out is because they're focused on their job during this time when sports is the number-one thing in their lives.'

— Rex Wockner


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