Over a Third of All Out LGBT Athletes Won Olympic Medals in Rio

So, after a rollercoaster ride of competition, the Rio Olympics 2016 are now over.

It has now been revealed that over a third of all LGBT athletes won an medal at the Olympics this year. This in comparison to countries such as the US, Great Britain and China, who saw about 20% of their athletes in a medal.

This year saw a record 53 openly LGBT athletes competing, made up of 11 men and 42 women, 19 of them won a medal either in solo or a group.

If they had competed together, they would have seen a noteworthy haul of they would have won five gold medals, six silver medals and three bronze silver medals.

We have seen a steady increase in the amount of LGBT athletes competing in the Olympics, as this year saw double the amount that competed in London, which in itself had double compared to Athens in 2004.

Take a look at all the LGBT athletes who won a medal this year below. Have you followed us on Facebook and Twitter?

Gold Medals

Nicola Adams (Great Britain) – Boxing 51kg weight class.
Kate & Helen Richardson-Walsh and Susannah Townsend (Great Britain) – Field hockey.
Rafaela Silva (Brazil) – Judo 57kg weight class.
Seimone Augustus, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Angel McCoughtry (USA) –  Basketball
Caster Semenya (South Africa) – 800m run.

Silver Medals

Lisa Dahlkvist, Nilla Fisher, Hedvig Lindahl and Carolina Seger (Sweden) – Soccer.
Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel and Maartje Paumen (Netherlands) – Field Hockey.
Sunette Viljoen (South Africa) – Javelin.
Rachele Bruni (Italy) – Swimming 10km.
Carl Hester (Great Britain) – Dressage.
Spencer Wilton (Great Britain) – Dressage.

Bronze Medals

Stephanie Labbe & Marie-Eve Nault (Canada) – Soccer.
Tom Daley (Great Britain) – Diving.
Jen Kish (Canada) – Rugby.

Over a Third of All Out LGBT Athletes Won Olympic Medals in Rio
Article Name
Over a Third of All Out LGBT Athletes Won Olympic Medals in Rio
LGBT athletes shone bright at the Rio Olympics, with over a third of them winning an Olympic medal in Rio.