Oh yeah: I have uncovered 10 — 10! — out lesbian/bisexual athletes from around the world for us to watch Aug. 8–24. By “out” I mean women who have said something on the record about their sexual orientation; sure, there’s plenty of gossip online about many, many female athletes, but these precious 10 (so far!) are the ones who have stepped up and said, “Yes, I am.” If I’ve missed someone, please let us know!
Vicky Galindo (USA, Softball)
The 24-year-old second baseman just came out as bisexual in the Aug. 26th issue of the Advocate, where she also revealed that she is currently single. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she played on their softball team. Find out more about her here.
Lauren Lappin (USA, Softball)
Catcher Lauren Lappin, 24, told the Advocate that she credits teammate Galindo with inspiring her to come out herself. Lappin played softball at Stanford and was an alternate on the 2004 U.S. national team. Find out more about her here.
Natasha Kai (USA, Soccer)
As Outsports just noted, the 24-year-old Hawaiian off-handedly came out in a June interview with NBCOlympics.com when she mentioned breaking up with her girlfriend. She’s a forward on the U.S. women’s national team, and yes, she has 19 tattoos. Here’s her official bio.
Victoria “Vickan” Svensson (Sweden, Soccer)
The 31-year-old team captain and forward recently talked to Swedish newspaper Expressen about her sexual orientation (thanks to Bente for the link). This is Svensson’s third Olympics; you can visit her website here (in Swedish).
Rennae Stubbs (Australia, Tennis)
Beijing will be the fourth Olympics for women’s doubles player Rennae Stubbs, 37. Being out isn’t new to her, either; in fact she used to date her former doubles partner, Lisa Raymond. In 2006 she told Australian newspaper The Age:
Read her official bio here.
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