75% Of Out Athletes Won at Rio Paralympics 2016

This year’s summer Olympic Games has been a successful one for LGBT athletes. First, we saw over a third of all out competitors bring home a medal in the main Rio Olympic Games, and then a record number of out competitors in the Paralympics.

Now, we have another win to chalk up in the LGBT column, as 75% of out athletes in the Paralympics brought home a medal from Rio. This means that nine out of the twelve athletes who competed won a medal in this year’s event.

This 75% record is a big achievement indeed, especially when you consider that places such as the US, UK and China had roughly 20% of their athletes reach the podium.

If the LGBT athletes were all on one big team, they would have ranked at number 27 and beat countries like Mexico and Egypt.

One of the winners was Team GB’s very own Lee Pearson, who won his 11th Olympic gold. Lee was also the first out athlete carry the flag for the UK at an opening ceremony for Olympics or Paralympics.

Let’s give our winning Paralympians some time in the sun. You can find a full list of the out medal winners below. Have you followed us on Facebook and Twitter?

Gold Medals

Monique Burkland (USA) – Sitting Volleyball
Abby Dunkin and Desiree Miller (USA) – Wheelchair Basketball
Megan Giglia (GB) – Cycling
Lee Pearson (GB) – Equestrian

Silver Medals

Lee Pearson (GB) – Equestrian
Marieke Vervoort (Belgium) – Wheelchair Racing

Bronze Medals

Jen Armbruster and Asya Miller (USA) – Goalball
Moran Samuel (Israel) – Rowing

Congratulations, everyone!

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75% Of Out Athletes Won at Rio Paralympics 2016
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75% of out athletes at the Paralympians won a medal at this year's Paralympic Games.