Yohomo’s favourite out athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics 

Yohomo’s favourite out athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics 

Let’s go to Hanlan’s!!! Just kidding – it’s fucking cold out. But, now that I have your attention, the 2018 Winter Olympics are coming at us! Held this year in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Winter Olympics are essentially the Met Gala of the sporting world, the crème de la crème of hot athletes in frigid weather. 

“Who are you wearing?!” *click, click*
“Poland.” *twirls, does over-the-shoulder sexy leer into camera*

Obviously, we all watch the Games to enjoy the healthy competition and to be all about the sports thing. And that obviously has nothing to do with drooling over the stunning people in spandex. Like, nothing at all… *cough*

Supporting your country is one thing, but it’s also important to support our global LGBTQ community. It goes without saying that it’s difficult to come out, let alone come out as an elite athlete. To help with your viewing, we’ve made a short list of our favourite out-and-proud LGBTQ competitors at this year’s Games. So sit back, grab a beer, some chips, and chicken wings (the athletes have to be in shape for this, not you) and rejoice in watching fellow queers kick global ass!

 

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz – Austria

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Having maintained the record, since 2003, for being the first woman to fly more than 200 metres in ski jumping, Daniela is no joke! She has won many medals over her 18 years of competing and won a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games. And she’s been married to her wife, Isabel, since 2013. 

Follow her on Instagram.

 

Jorik Hendrickx – Belgium

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Jorik Hendrickx

Being Belgium's only openly gay athlete at this year's games is a big deal. He's an adorable two-time national skating champion was also at the Sochi games, but not out. He later injured his knee and kind of went to a dark place. He came out (only last month!) better, gayer and braver than ever at these games.

Follow him on Instagram.

Eric Radford – Canada

Along with his skating partner, Meagan Duhamel, Radford has won two world championships (2015 and 2016) and an Olympic silver medal. And not to mention, he’s a seven-time Canadian national champion … like, NBD. This is his first Games competing as an out athlete. 

Follow him on Instagram.

 

 

 

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Cheryl Maas – Netherlands

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This Dutch snowboarder has been hitting the slopes since 1993. Not only is she a two-time world champion, but this is her third trip to the Winter Olympics. She’s married to former Norwegian snowboarder Stine Brun Kjeldaas.

Follow her on Instagram.


Ireen Wüst – Netherlands

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Wüst is the Meryl Streep of women’s speed skating. She’s won two gold and three silver medals and is the most successful Dutch athlete ever in the Olympic Games. She’s a six-time world all-round champion, five-time European all-round champion, and twelve-time world single-distance champion. Not to mention, she was elected Sportswoman of the World by Reuters in 2014. She’s also openly bi-sexual and is married to Letitia de Jong.

Follow her on Twitter.
 

Gus Kenworthy – USA

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British-born American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy won silver in Sochi for men’s freestyle but is back this year to take it all. As the face of the new Head & Shoulders campaign (complete with a rainbow flag moment!), having bared it all on the slopes for Sports Illustrated’s Body Issue, and recently honoured with the HRC Visibility Award, Gus has made it very clear that he will be wearing gold in 2018. 

Follow him on Instagram.

In total, there are 13 out athletes competing this year. Here are some more names to watch for:

  • Emilia Andersson Ramboldt – hockey, Sweden
  • Belle Brockhoff – snowboarding, Australia
  • Brittany Bowe – speed skating, USA
  • Adam Rippon - figure skating, USA 
  • Barbara Jezeršek – cross-country skiing, Australia
  • Simona Meiler – snowboarding, Switzerland
  • Sarka Pancochova – snowboarding, Czech Republic

That wraps up our little list of big talent. Enjoy the Games! And remember, “If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.” – Principal McGee

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