Team LGBTQ+ Leaves Beijing With Nine Olympic Medals

The total medal haul for LGBTQ+ athletes includes four gold, two silver, and three bronze. 

With the Beijing Games coming to a close yesterday, out athletes have won a total of nine Olympic medals, according to tracking by Outsports

36 known out athletes competed at this year’s Games. Their total medal haul includes four gold, two silver, and three bronze.

The medals were divided between 14 out athletes, including seven players from the gold medal-winning Canadian women’s hockey team

Other gold medalists include legendary Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst, who has made history as the first athlete to medal in five different Olympic Games, and as the most decorated LGBTQ+ athlete of all time. Wüst leaves Beijing with two more medals, a gold in the women’s 1500 meter and bronze in the women’s team pursuit. 

Skier Sandra Naesland of Sweden also claimed gold for her country in ski cross. 

Despite losing to Canada in the final gold-medal match up, Team USA, and out player Alex Carpenter, walked away with a silver medal in women’s hockey. 

Out hockey player Ronja Savolainen took bronze for Finland after her country defeated Switzerland 4-0 in the bronze-medal match. And American speed skater Brittany Bowe earned her first Olympic medal in three Olympics with a third-place finish in the women’s 1000 meters last week.

The nine total medals have Team LGBTQ+ tied with South Korea, and just ahead of Finland, which won eight medals in these Games.

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