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2012 Olympics: Who Are The LGBT Athletes? Day Thirteen — Hedvig Lindahl

by Keph Senett on July 30, 2012

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This is the thirteenth 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.

Sweden’s women’s Olympic national team goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl began her football career in 1987, and has made the most of every minute since. Lindahl,who is now 29, helped her team win at at the 2003 (silver) and 2011 (bronze) World Cups, and was named Sweden’s goalkeeper of the year in 2004, 2005, and 2009.

If Hedvig Lindahl’s performance at the London 2012 Olympics is any indication, she’s got a whole lot of game left in her. Sweden handily won their opening match against South Africa with a final score of 4 – 1, and Lindahl was able to shut out world champions Japan in their second game, resulting in a 0 – 0 tie. The goalie’s mad talent may well be hereditary–Lindahl’s father played top-flight football for Sweden.

Team Sweden plays Canada on July 31.

Word is, Lindahl married her girlfriend in 2011. While at the Olympics, Lindahl’s unnamed wife has been updating her Facebook posts, and signing them “Wifey.”

You can support Lindahl by following her on Twitter or on Facebook.

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.

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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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danielhutton July 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Love this.

Firewaller July 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

Who cares if they're Gay or not Gay. Just shut up and let them play. The Olympics is about diversity in athleticism, not racking and stacking and pointing fingers about who-does-who where.

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