More Openly Gay Olympians Than Ever, but No Chinese Among Them
Gay athletes are making history at the Winter Olympics
The inline skater, who was accustomed to racing on wheels, had just four months of training in long-track speedskating before she hit the ice at the U. She hoped to someday reach the Olympics, an international competition unattainable in the inline skating world. Jackson is one of a group of athletes in the U. Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon will become the first openly gay male athletes to compete at a Winter Olympics for the U. These boundary-breakers could represent a changing look for the Winter Olympics, which, in its beginnings, was dominated by wealthy Nordic and Scandinavian countries.
This Year’s Olympics Will Have The Most Openly LGBT Athletes Ever
Already a big name in French sport, white water canoe slalom emperor Tony Estanguet will become a giant if he can claim a third consecutive gold at Beijing. His status is so great that he has been offered the distinction of carrying the French flag at the opening ceremony. From the Pau region at the foot of the Pyrenees the now year-old champion of the Sydney and Athens Games grew up carting canoes to rustic mountain river descents with his dad and brothers, slalom enthusiasts one and all. His elder brother by five years Patrice was himself an Olympian and won a bronze medal at Atlanta while Aldric made the national team before becoming a physical education teacher. But Tony, world champion in , European champion in and , and twice a World Cup winner looks set to put the family name in the hall of fame.
Sprint sensation Tyson Gay entered an elite club of just three triple champions at the world championships, joining Maurice Greene and Carl Lewis when winning gold in the , and 4x in Osaka. The spotlight will now be firmly focused on the American rather than his chief rival and one-time meter world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica, who finished third in Japan. Even Powell's countryman Usain Bolt, the world record holder, does not frighten Gay, who recorded a wind-aided time of 9. While Bolt has ran. Gay came from behind to overtake a panicked Powell in Osaka and win the in 9.