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Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Joe Williams September 6, 2016
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This year’s Paralympic games will feature a record number of out LGBT athletes.

The Olympics in Rio saw a record breaking 42 LGBT athletes compete – with many winning medals and glory for their countries.

It seems the Paralympics are set to follow suit, with Outsports estimating at least nine openly LGBT athletes will be going for gold this year.

The number was supposed to be ten, until Great Britain’s Claire Harvey – who was set to compete in the discus – had to withdraw due to a hand injury.

Although the number is far less than that of the Olympics, this year’s Paralympics will feature more out competitors than ever before.

As Outsports predicts, that number could grow as more athletes come out during the games – but until then, here’s a list of the LGBT Paralympians seeking victory this month:

Jen Armbruster (USA, goalball)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Abby Dunkin (USA, wheelchair basketball)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Angela Madsen (USA, track & field)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Aysa Miller (USA, goalball)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Desiree Miller (USA, wheelchair basketball)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Cindy Ouellet (Canada, wheelchair basketball)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Lee Pearson (Great Britain, equestrian)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Moran Samuel (Israel, rowing)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Marieke Vervoort (Belgium, wheelchair racing)

Meet the record number of out Paralympians competing in the 2016 Rio Games

Good luck to each and every one of you!

Related topics: Gay, LGBT, paralympic games 2016, Rio

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