Published November 20, 2014
Ten publicly out gay and lesbian Olympians are taking home medals from these Olympic Games in London, most of them gold.
If Team Gay was a country, it would have finished 31st overall with seven medals, tied with Mexico, Ethiopia and Georgia. They would have beaten the medal count of such countries as Jamaica, Ireland, Argentina and India. They would have finished 21st overall for most golds (four), tied with Iran, Jamaica, Czech Republic and Korea.
The overall medal count is different from the number of athletes who won medals, because the standings would count all four gold medals from the Dutch women's field hockey team as one medal.
The 2012 openly gay Olympic medal winners are:
Over 43% of the out athletes (10 of the 23) won a medal in these Olympic Games. That's over double the percentage of athletes overall who won medals: 20%. Team Gay outperformed the percentage of Team USA athletes with medals, 39% of which is taking home hardware. A whopping 58% of all openly gay, lesbian or intersex Olympians over the years have won a medal, which is an incredible statistic.
We hear that some athletes don't want to come out because of how it will affect their performance. That argument just doesn't hold anymore. Rapinoe came out weeks before the Olympic Games; She won gold and contributed in a big way to her team's win. Augustus came out publicly in the last year; Same result.
The argument that athletes can't come out for fear of performance on a team is destroyed by the result of these Olympic Games.