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Team gold for Britain’s only openly gay Olympian Carl Hester

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  1. Congratulations to Carl Hester and good luck for the individual competition!

  2. Brilliant!

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Aug 2012, 12:42pm

    Felicitations, Carl Hester, well done! I think its truly amazing that we are third in placement for medals considering how small a country we are and not investing as much in our athletes or having the resources as the Chinese and Americans. A day to be proud of, in fact the entire Olympiad this year is something the UK can be equally proud of. We can do it as good as any other, even though many Americans say Beijing couldn’t be surpassed. I beg to differ. The opening ceremony alone was extremely creative, informative, didactic and unusual, something that distinguished it from all others I’ve seen.

    1. I think the sporting prowess across all sports from Team GB athletes has been remarkable.

      As for the opening ceremony, the challenge was to bring something memorable, creative, unique and memorable and that was definitely achieved.

    2. Couldn’t agree with you more Robert. I took part in the opening ceremony and for me it was my chance to represent our great country!

      1. That opening Ceremony was pure theater…Completely loved it!!!

        Congratulations D.McCabe for having the chance to be a part of this incredible event!!!

    3. I agree Robert. I am utterly amazed at how I have been swept up with it all from the opening ceremony onwards. We were at a party and we projected the ceremony on to a wall – fabulous. We have been down to a few events and the atmosphere is joyous. And for once our overpaid footballers have been deservedly thrust into the background!

  4. Congratulations to Carl and indeed the entire Team GB.

    I hope too that other sports stars will have the courage to come out.

  5. We are all proud of you, Carl! Congrats from Vancouver Island BC Canada

  6. Christopher 8 Aug 2012, 4:28pm


    Now tell me when the first openly gay wrestler wins gold.

  7. Congratulations to Carl Hester. And hopefully, he will continue to do well in the future. You made us proud, Champion.

  8. damnedfilth 8 Aug 2012, 10:05pm

    Carl Hester is the tops, although he needs to go some to get near his pupil, Charlotte and Valegro. He owns her horse though, fancy swapping over for the individual, Carl?

  9. I was jumping myself when they won gold!!! Congratulations Carl you are an amazing Horseman!! So incredibly elegant!

    We have, regardless of sexuality, done AMAZING this Olympics!! Never been so proud of my country than I have these past two weeks!!!

  10. David Skinner 7 Nov 2012, 2:00pm

    But we are constantly told by Stonewall that 6% of the population is gay. Hence out of over 10,000 athletes there should have been 600 gay athletes. So where were the other 570 odd competitors? This cannot be accounted for through homophobia since we are told that London, especially Stoke Newington has eradicated all homophobia. Maybe Ben Summerskill is into a diversity of truth as well as sexual orientations

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