Last year’s Tokyo Olympics set a record for the number of out LGBTIQ+ competing. So how did Team LGBTIQ+ do during the Beijing Olympics?
There’s good news and bad. The 2022 Beijing Olympics saw a record number of out competitors — for a Winter Olympics. But that’s still under 40 by our count. The Tokyo Summer Olympics, by comparison, had at least 185.
Unfortunately, the abysmal human rights record of the Chinese Communist regime, including on LGBTIQ+ issues, cast a pall over the games.
But who were the winners on Team LGBTIQ+?
Speedskater Ireen Wüst
It’s hard to go past Dutch speedskater Ireen Wüst.
Beijing marks the out bisexual’s 6th Olympic Games and the 6th successive Olympics she’s won gold medals at. She can now claim the largest number of medals of any out Team LGBTIQ+ Olympian in history.
Irene recently said she would retire following the Beijing Olympics to marry her girlfriend and start a family.
“I always say age is just a number. But I’m 35, and I really want to have children, so at some point, you have to quit.”
OLYMPIC CHAMPION!!! 🥇🧡🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/i7Z66o6B8g
— Ireen Wüst (@Ireenw) February 7, 2022
Skier Sandra Näslund
Sandra Näslund navigated the jumps and turns of the women’s ski cross event to take gold in the four-person downhill race. Although her first Olympic win, Sandra previously scored two World Championship gold medals in the sport.
GULD TILL SANDRA NÄSLUND I SKICROSS!! Sandra gjorde som hon alltid gör – kommer först i mål! Vilken otrolig prestation att hålla för den pressen. Alexandra Edebo åkte ut i kvartsfinalen.
— Swedish Olympic Team (@SWEOlympic) February 17, 2022
Ice dancer Guillaume Cizeron
Also taking gold, ice dancer Guillaume Cizeron and partner, Gabriella Papadakis. A four-time World Champion and five-time European Champion, this is Guillaume’s first Olympic medal.
Another World Record! 🌍⛸️
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France have made history yet again with a combined score of 226.98 in the #FigureSkating ice dance!#Beijing2022 | #StrongerTogether | @EquipeFRA pic.twitter.com/DwQaXjchcq
— Olympics (@Olympics) February 14, 2022
Curler Bruce Mouat
Curling remains relatively unknown in Australia, but curlers don’t care.
They turn up with their brooms and rocks every four years and deserve gold just for all the television viewers exclaiming WTF!
Great Britain’s Bruce Mouat took silver for Team LGBTIQ+ in the curling — wearing rainbow shoelaces.
A sigh of relief? Not from @BruceMouat.
— Team GB (@TeamGB) February 17, 2022
Speedskater Brittany Bowe
Another speedskater, this time from the USA, Brittany Bowe won bronze in the women’s 1000m speedskating.
Your 3x Olympian and 2x Olympic Bronze Medalist Brittany Bowe 🥉🥉🔥 pic.twitter.com/fhse0vdOav
— US Speedskating (@USSpeedskating) February 17, 2022
Team LGBTIQ+ also scored in team sports. Canada’s women’s ice hockey team, with seven out players, took gold. Silver went to the United States with out player Alex Carpenter on the team. Finland took bronze, the second consecutive bronze in ice hockey for out team member Ronja Savolainen.
— Ronja Savolainen (@Ronjasavolaine1) January 26, 2022