At this year’s Winter Olympics, there are nine athletes who are openly a part of the LGBT community. Three out of the nine LGBT competitors are on team USA. Adam Rippon just started competing in the Olympics this year and won a bronze medal in his first event for team figure skating. He placed tenth in his final competition but did really well overall considering that it was his first time at the Winter Olympics.
Gus Kenworthy competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics and took home the silver medal for freestyle skiing. He also won silver medals at the 2016 X Games and at the 2017 Skiing World Championships. Unfortunately, Kenworthy finished dead last in the finals this year because he fell on his first two runs and bailed out of his third. This is most likely due to him having a broken thumb and a hip injury in the lead-up to his competition.
“I think that since coming out and since the Olympics, my competitive career has gone well, better than it had in the past. And I feel great about it,” said Gus Kenworthy.
Brittany Bowe is the only female LGBT competitor on team USA. She has not specifically labeled her sexuality, but she has made it clear that she is not straight. At the previous Winter Olympics, Bowe finished in the top five in all three of her races. This year, she finished in fourth place in the 500m and 1000m. She has won nine medals for speed skating from 2013 to 2016 and many are hoping that she will win more soon.