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Canadian women’s hockey team, the gayest team in Olympics history, wins gold in spectacular final

Nola Ojomu February 17, 2022
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Team Canada wins women’s hockey Olympic gold

Team Canada wins women’s hockey Olympic gold (Getty/China News Service)

The medal count for LGBT+ athletes just got a huge boost after Team Canada won the women’s ice hockey final at this year’s Winter Olympics.

The victorious team, which features all seven of Canada’s out athletes, earned gold after beating rivals Team USA 3-2 in the gripping game.

Canada had previously suffered a shocking loss to the US in the 2018 final, ending a run of four consecutive gold medals and sending the Canadians home without gold for the first time since 1998.

And now LGBT+ athletes Brianne Jenner, Erin Ambrose, Emily Clark, Mélodie Daoust, Jamie Lee Rattray, Jill Saulnier, Micah Zandee-Hart all helped Canada get back to their best and bag the all-important win four years later.

Meanwhile, Team USA’s Alex Carpenter’s silver medal also added to the tally of achievements for Team LGBT+.

The 2022 Beijing games are the queerest Olympics yet with at least 35 publicly out LGBT+ athletes vying for the gold, double the number of out athletes who competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Team LGBT+ won its first gold medal of the year when bisexual speed skater Ireen Wüst claimed her sixth Winter Olympics gold medal for the Netherlands in the women’s 1,500-meter final.

Its second gold medal win came when France scored a win for its “breathtaking” figure skating routine on Monday.

France’s Guillaume Cizeron, who is openly gay, and his partner Gabriella Papadakis not only won the gold medal but smashed a world record with a score of 226.98.

More: Canada, olympics, Winter Olympics

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