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(OUTSPORTS) The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will have a record number of publicly out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex athletes.
With three weeks to go before the Opening Ceremony, Outsports — along with Olympic and LGBT historian Tony Scupham-Bilton — have identified at least 27 out athletes who will compete, as well as three coaches. Several out athletes have also qualified for the Paralympics.
There are a record nine publicly out male athletes, though none are from the U.S. There is also one married couple, Helen Richardson-Walsh and Kate Richardson-Walsh, British field hockey players.
We expect the list to grow, as more athletes are revealed to be out. This often occurs on team sports in Europe or in lesser-know sports where athletes are out but haven’t gotten much publicity. If you know of an out LGBTI athlete not on the list, please contact us via email ([email protected]), direct message on Twitter (@outsports) or in the comments section of this story.
The 2012 Summer Games in London featured 23 out LGBTI athletes. Others have come out publicly since they competed in London.
Here are the out LGBTI athletes set to go to Rio.
Nicola Adams (Great Britain, boxing)
Seimone Augustus (USA, basketball)
Tom Bosworth (Great Britain, race walk)
Semenya Caster (South Africa, track & field)
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)
Victor Guttiérez (Spain, water polo)
Carl Hester (Great Britain, equestrian)
Michelle Heyman (Australia, soccer)
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)
Ashley Nee (USA, kayak whitewater slalom)
Maartje Paumen (Netherlands, field hockey)
Mayssa Pessoa (Brazil, handball)
Helen Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain, field hockey)
Kate Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain, field hockey)
*The US women’s soccer team and Dutch equestrian teams for Rio have not yet been announced, but all listed here are highly likely to be named to their respective teams. Megan Rapinoe has not been included right now, as she battles to return from an ACL injury and has not competed with the US soccer team. If she’s included on the team when it is announced next week, we will add her then.
At least three publicly out head coaches will also be in Rio. Alyson Annan coaches the Dutch women’s field hockey team, Jill Ellis is the head coach of the United States women’s soccer team and Pia Sundhage is head coach of Sweden’s women’s soccer team. Gold medal Olympic diver Greg Louganis will travel with the United States diving team as an official athlete mentor, the same role he held in 2012.
A number of other out athletes also competed at Olympic trials and came close to earning a spot in Rio:
Tina Hillman finished ninth in the Team USA shot put Olympic trial.
Matt Llano finished sixth in the Team USA marathon Olympic trial.
Javier Ruisanchez competed in the Puerto Rico swimming Olympic trial.
Matt Lister finished third in the canoe slalom trials with his doubles partner at Team Great Britain selection trials. He’s acted as LGBT Ambassador for the British Athletics Commission since May 2015 working with athletes preparing for Rio.
Carly Muscaro finished 14th in the women’s 400 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Trials.
A number of LGBTI athletes will also compete in the Paramlympics after the Olympics. Angela Madsen will compete for Team USA in track and field, and Jen Armbruster and Aysa Miller will compete for the USA in team goalball. Lee Pearson is expected to return to the Olympics in equestrian.
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