The Olympics’ First Married Same-Sex Couple Wins Gold


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Two Olympic hockey players from the UK have made history as they’re believed to be the first married same-sex couple to jointly win gold medals at the Olympic Games.

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh (pictured, in 2013) and the rest of the Great Britain hockey team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 at the Rio Games on August 19.

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The pair were already the first same-sex married couple to compete at the Olympics. They began to date in 2008 after the Beijing Olympics and got married three years ago.

“To win a gold medal is a dream come true— to win it standing next to my wife is really special,” Helen told the BBC.

Kate Richardson-Walsh told the BBC before the Games: “The best thing is the reaction we’ve had from the public in that we’ve helped people feel more confident in themselves.”

“People feel it’s OK to come out as bisexual or gay or lesbian—that’s been the best thing for me,” she said.

This year’s Rio Olympic Games have seen a reportedly record number of openly gay athletes competing. Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo got engaged to her girlfriend on the field, and last week athlete Tom Bosworth proposed to his boyfriend on the beach in Rio.