Kate Richardson-Walsh and her wife, Helen Richardson-Walsh have a sporting love story made in heaven. They made Olympic history as the first out married, lesbian couple to compete together in the Women’s Field Hockey event during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
To add the cherry on top, the power couple helped their team bag a gold medal during the event. Teammates for almost twenty years and married since 2013, they have shared many memorable moments on the field together.
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.
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.
This Polish native is a competitive sports shooter and one-time Olympian. Jarmolinska made an appearance in a video for the Polish LGBTQ+ rights organization Love Does Not Exclude (Miłość Nie Wyklucza). She has been vocally supportive of LGBTQ+ rights in her home country that does not recognize same-sex unions or marriages.
Aleksandra has made a passionate plea to the authorities stating that she wants her country to grant her equal rights.
American-Australian Leilani Mitchell is a one-time Olympian basketball player. Mitchell, standing at five feet five inches, is significantly shorter than the average basketball player but her skill has kept her in high demand, and she has played for both American and Australian teams.
She took part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but her team battled to make it past the quarter-finals. Openly out Mitchell is married to fellow basketball player Mikaela Dombkins with whom she has a child.