Rio 2016: Record number of gay athletes!

Summer Olympic games are always a treat for sport fans: we get to see our favorite athletes competing for gold with the best contenders from all countries. But this time, Rio 2016 hold additional significance: there will be more gay athletes in 2016 summer Olympic Games than ever before! So, if you were having second thoughts about travelling to Rio, head to and find a travel buddy who can cheer with you!

Record number of LGBT athletes competing in Rio!

35 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex athletes will compete in Rio – with British delegation being named as the “gayest” due to the biggest number of LGBT athletes on board. Back in London Summer Olympics at 2012 there were 23 publicly out athletes competing.

Here’s a list of athletes – maybe one of them is from your home country and you’ll be cheering for her or him!

  • Nicola Adams (Great Britain, boxing)
  • Seimone Augustus (USA, basketball)
  • Tom Bosworth (Great Britain, race walk)
  • Dutee Chand (India, track & field)
  • Tom Daley (Great Britain, diving)
  • Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel (Netherlands, field hockey)
  • Lisa Dahlkvist (Sweden, soccer)
  • Katie Duncan (New Zealand, soccer)
  • Nilla Fisher (Sweden, soccer)
  • Larissa França (Brazil, beach volleyball)
  • Edward Gal (Netherlands, equestrian)
  • Brittney Griner (USA, basketball)
  • Carl Hester (Great Britain, equestrian)
  • Michelle Heyman (Australia, soccer)
  • Stephanie Labbe (Canada, soccer)
  • Alexandra Lacrabère (France, handball)
  • Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden, soccer)
  • Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (Finland, swimming)
  • Robbie Manson (New Zealand, rowing)
  • Hans Peter Minderhoud (Netherlands, equestrian)
  • Ian Matos (Brazil, diving)
  • Angel McCoughtry (USA, basketball)
  • Marie-Eve Nault (Canada, soccer)
  • Ashley Nee (USA, kayak whitewater slalom)
  • Maartje Paumen (Netherlands, field hockey)
  • Mayssa Pessoa (Brazil, handball)
  • Megan Rapinoe (USA, soccer)
  • Helen Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain, field hockey)
  • Kate Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain, field hockey)
  • Carolina Seger (Sweden, soccer)
  • Caster Semenya (South Africa, track & field)
  • Melissa Tancredi (Canada, soccer)
  • Susannah Townsend (Great Britian, field hockey)
  • Jeffrey Wammes (Netherlands, gymnastics)
  • Spencer Wilton (Great Britain, equestrian)

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