You Are GOLD: The homolympics!
The XXX Olympiad was historic not only for the achievements of women athletes – who featured in every sport for the first time – but also (I’m guessing) for the number of out athletes who participated in the Games.
We profiled a clutch of them (here and here) before the competition began – and therefore didn’t include South African archer, Karen Hultzer, who came out in the course of the events. So how did they do?
Nota Bene: London 2012 is not over yet: The Paralympics start at the end of the month, and to my knowledge Team GB’s Claire Harvey is the only out athlete competing there – we’ll have to see how her team gets on!
For now, though, here’s a run-down of the achievements by those athletes who competed before Sunday’s Closing Ceremony:
There was gold for the Netherlands field hockey team, which boasts not one but four (count ‘em) out players: Marilyn Agliotti, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Maartje Paumen, and Kim Lammers. It was the team’s latest Olympic gold after their win in Beijing.
The USA – with out, 6ft guard Seimone Augustus – took gold in basketball. Swish!
More gold medalling lesbians for the USA when Megan Rapinoe and pals – under the guidance of Pia Sundhage – took the top podium spot in the footie against Japan in what was basically a grudge match having lost to the Japanese in a penalty shoot-out during the World Cup final last year.
Germany‘s Judith Arndt took silver in the Individual Time Trial cycling event, with a time of 37:50.29. Two wheels good!
Oh, you American women: As if that weren’t enough from the team sports, the USA‘s Lisa Raymond went and took bronze in tennis.
Elsewhere, the Swedish football team were unable to progress beyond the Quarter-Final stages, but frankly I don’t see any reason not to include photos of these amazing women.
You are welcome.