This is the fourth in a series of articles profiling known out and proud Olympic athletes who are openly LGBT. The New Civil Rights Movement will publish one article each day as we move into the London 2012 Olympics.
London 2012 Olympian, Team Sweden striker Jessica Landström came out publicly as a lesbian in 2008 in the football magazine QX (the same publication that would break the news that Swedish defender Anton Hysén was gay three years later) for no reason more complex than that she wanted to officially recognize the support of her partner, social entrepreneur Sara Damber, whom she married in 2010.
Known for her swiftness, scoring capabilities, and size (she’s 5′ 11′), Landström, along with fellow forward Lotta Schelin, is a key part of Sweden’s offence. During last year’s Women’s World Cup, Landström made her mark by scoring the winning goal over Colombia that allowed the team to move out of the groups stages–and by running over an opposing player and knocking her unconscious. Team Sweden earned the bronze at the tournament.
What Landström lacks in grace, she makes up for in delivery. She’s been on the winning side at the team level many times over, with victories dating back to the early 2000s, and in 2008 she won “Female Breakthrough Player of the Year” at the annual Football Gala in Sweden. Landström plays for FFC Frankfurt in the regular season, a club she’s been with since 2010.
Though the Swedes have qualified for every Olympic tournament to date, they are still looking for their first Olympic medal.
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Follow our series: “2012 Olympics: Who Are The LGBT Athletes?” as we profile all the out LGBT athletes playing in the London 2012 Olympic games.
Keph Senett is a Canadian writer whose unflagging interest in soccer/football and travel have led her to play the beautiful game on four continents. Her other specialities include human rights, LGBT and gender issues, and her own folly. To find out more, follow her on Twitter, and visit her website. Keph’s currently living and working in Mexico, and trying to figure out how to qualify for a soccer squad in Asia, Australia or Antarctica.
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