Out and proud Olympic athletes added two medals to their total Tuesday, when Great Britain took the gold medal in Team Dressage, and the Netherlands won the bronze in the same event.
Out gay Olympian Carl Hester, riding Uthopia, led his teammates Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin to gold in the Team Dressage event. Both Hester and Dujardin earned record Olympic scores, which resulted in Great Britain’s first Olympic Dressage medal of any color, ever. Hester is also the first out gay athlete to win gold at the London games.
Germany, who has monopolized the gold medal in Team Dressage for the last thirty years, had to settle for silver, while out gay Olympian Edward Gal riding Undercover, and his teammates Anky van Grunsven and Adelinde Cornelissen took the bronze for the Netherlands.
With the silver medal won by German Road cyclist Judith Arndt last week, out gay athletes now have a medal of each color to their credit. You can send Carl Hester, Edward Gal, and Judith Arndt congratulations on Facebook.
Jean Ann Esselink is straight friend to the gay community. Proud and loud Liberal. Closet writer of political fiction. Black sheep agnostic Democrat from a conservative Catholic family. Living in Northern Oakland County Michigan with Puck the Wonder Beagle.
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