OutSports.com co-founder Cyd Zeigler says that 10 openly gay Olympians earned medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, which closed last night.
“If a country, Team Gay would have finished tied with Mexico and Ethiopia in total medals. Over a third of all out athletes won a medal, surpassing Team USA,” Zeigler wrote for SB Nation.com.
According to OutSports.com, 23 openly gay and lesbian athletes competed in this year’s Olympics, including one couple. Two coaches are also out.
From SB Nation, 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 goals.
- 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.