Californian native Tara Llanes is a true multi-sportsperson and Olympian. Llanes is best known for her career as a BMX rider. A devastating crash during a 2007 BMX race left Lllanes with an injury, but she has gone on to compete in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.
Having known she was gay since a young age, Llanes struggled to come out for fear of losing sponsorship. Having finally come out, she claims the feeling was liberating.
Nick Wagman, an American equestrian, never brought his sexual identity to the forefront. However, after being selected to join Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Wagman decided he would open up about his experience as a gay athlete.
He attributed his confusion around his sexuality as the driving force that led him to horseriding stating in an interview that it was his love of horses that got him through high school.
New Zealander Portia Woodman is a two-time Olympian and internationally acclaimed rugby player. She was only twenty-four years old when she became the top try scorer during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. She achieved a total of ten tries and managed to help secure her team with a silver medal.
A member of the New Zealand Sevens team during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Woodman, and her team brought home the gold. Openly lesbian, Woodman has spoken at length about her long-term relationship with fellow rugby player Renee Wickliffe.
Urtez is an American softball player who represented Mexico in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. During their game against Japan, Anissa made world history being the first to hit a home run for the Mexican Olympic Softball team.
She is out and engaged to fellow softball player Amanda Chidester. Interestingly, Urtez and Chidester played for opposing teams during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Chidester represented America.
Twigg is a world champion rower and four-time Olympian from New Zealand. A multi-medallist, Twigg finally scooped gold at her fourth Olympic tournament in the single sculls event during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Though long identified as gay, Twigg felt inspired to pursue advocacy and involvement in the LGBTQ+ community after her marriage to her wife, Charlotte, in 2020.