Two Olympic hockey players from the UK made history at the Rio Olympics. Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh became the first married same-sex couple to jointly win gold medals at the Olympic Games.
The couple represents the UK in hockey. The hockey team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 at the Rio Games on August 19.
Kate and Helen already achieved another first. The first same-sex couple to win gold are also the first same-sex married couple to compete at the Olympics. They began to date in 2008 following the Beijing Olympics and married three years ago.
Helen later said winning the gold alongside her wife made it especially memorable.
“To win a gold medal is a dream come true. To win it standing next to my wife is really special.”
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.”
This year’s Rio Olympic Games sees a reportedly record number of openly gay athletes. Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo became engaged to her girlfriend on the field, and last week athlete Tom Bosworth proposed to his boyfriend on the beach in Rio.
Update: In 2017, Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh both received British honours. In another first, that made them the first same-sex married couple to receive honours on the same list.
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