The Medal Count, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 13 2012 @ 6:00pm


by Gwynn Guilford

It seems that there's a clear winner this year in the gay medal count:

The Netherlands' hockey team took home the gold after a 2-0 win against Argentina. A quarter of Dutch women's field hockey team happen to be lesbians (Marilyn Agliotti, Kim Lammers, Maartje Paumen, and Carlien Dirkseke van den Heuvel), making them the most out team at the Olympics. Both Paumen and van den Heuvel scored in the final game.

In the US, the most popular gay Olympian – at least, as measured in gif tributes – was probably US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who also took home the gold. Rapinoe came out officially shortly before the Games began:

“I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out,” [Rapinoe] says…. Not that Rapinoe has been hiding anything; it’s just that no one ever asked her directly. “I think they were trying to be respectful and that it’s my job to say, ‘I’m gay.’ Which I am. For the record: I am gay.”

Another list of gold-winning gays here.

(Photo: Netherlands captain Maartje Paumen (C) leads teammates and coaching staff as they pose with their gold medals after the podium ceremony following the women's field hockey gold medal match between Netherlands and Argentina. By Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/GettyImages)