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Gay Equestrian Carl Hester Wins Olympic Gold In Dressage Event

FEI European Dressage Championship,Rotterdam,Netherlands,18 Augu


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By:           Dan Avery
On:           Aug 8, 2012
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    • Hyhybt
      Hyhybt

      Romney will be thrilled.

      Aug 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kevin
      Kevin

      Good for him, and I’m sure this “sport” is enjoyable and all, but it’s just a tragedy that it keeps out such deserving events as roller skating, baseball, softball, and squash. The closest thing to athletes this sport has are the horses, and even they pale in comparison to racing thoroughbreds.

      Aug 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jesaves
      jesaves

      @Kevin Dressage is an extremely hard sport. It takes mental and physical determination. The horse is not doing all of the work. Without the rider the horse would not know what to do. It is the rider who trains the horse to perform difficult maneuvers. I’m seventeen I have been riding since i was five and i could never do anything that these amazing riders can do

      Aug 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sean
      Sean

      This is the dumbest thing ever.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 12:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Max
      Max

      @Sean: What is so dumb about dressage? Especially when an openly gay man is the champion. If you have better skills in dressage, I’m pretty sure you you are in Olympics already. But you are not, so just keep your hatred to yourself.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 2:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt
      Hyhybt

      This is part of what, to me, makes the Olympics worth watching any of at all: obscure, off-the-wall activities that nonetheless usually have long histories, and which are fascinating for a couple hours every few years but not compelling enough to care about seasonally.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 2:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Neo
      Neo

      @Kevin: Roller skating, Baseball and Softball are equally as invalid “Sports” as Dressage.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 4:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dazzer
      dazzer

      One of the things that is being missed in the discussion about Dressage is that it is -like all the equestrian sports – definitively equality-minded. Men and women compete on the same terms; similarly age is no boundary – the youngest competitor is 21 (I think) while the oldest is 71. That openly gay men won gold and bronze in the team dressage event just reconfirms a commitment to equality that is lacking elsewhere in the Olympics.

      That said – Yay for Carl Hester. WTG, man!.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 7:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LeoMarius
      LeoMarius

      Mitt Romney is livid that Rafalca, Ann’s dressage horse, was between by a gay man. He’s even more furious that British Tories are vowing to give that gay man equal rights.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 7:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rooney
      Rooney

      It’s my personal belief that he won just to fuck over Mitt Romney and the horse he rode in on.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 9:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @dazzer: Sports are not about equality and equal rights. The very definition of sports is that the best man or woman wins. If you want to be the best in sports then just make sure you are better than anyone else.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 9:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dazzer
      dazzer

      On a rare positive note for Queerty, can I just thank the editorial staff for actually mentioning this. Other gay sites, such as Towleroad, Outsports and AfterElton, have shown themselves to be a notch down from NBC when it comes to gay visibility at the Olympics. It seems that if you’re not Mathew Mitcham (wonderful though he is), being an openly gay man winning a gold medal at the Olympics hardly rates a mention.

      So again, Yay! for Edward Gal and Carl Hester. And Yay! for Queerty, too.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 10:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dazzer
      dazzer

      @Daez: don’t be obtuse. There are a whole range of countries in the world in which being an openly gay man would ensure that you’d never be chosed for the national team, even if you had demonstrated that you were 147 times better than the current world champion.

      Also, if you don’t believe that discrimination doesn’t exist in sports, then have deep and meaningful discussions with the professional women’s tennis or golf organisations. Sport also includes equality of opportunity to take part – it’s not just the competition itself.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 10:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dazzer
      dazzer

      @Daez: sorry for calling you obtuse, Daez. It was uncalled for. I was just watching the dressage finals and my passions were getting ahead of me. Apologies.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cray-cray
      cray-cray

      so bad, I wanted Germany win. They are much better and hard workers than this lame British

      Aug 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Neo
      Neo

      @cray-cray: No matter what German racism still permeated the world us Brits have one chant that completely annuls anything Germans can say, it is quite simply.

      “Two world wars and one world cup”

      Check and mate.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dazzer
      dazzer

      @Neo: Oh man, no, no, no. Apart from the xenophobia in that comment, it’s also hubris. Team GB is just having a good time at the moment. But these things are cyclical. It’s like the Aussies – they’re having a bad time this Olympics, but if anyone thinks this represents the reality of Australian sports in the long run, then they’re morons. The Australians will learn from the Brits (in the same way that the Brits learnt a lot from the Aussies to change their attitude to sport), and they’ll rise again.

      Don’t fall to cray-cray’s (incredibly) low level here, Neo. The Germans will learn from us (and pay all our coaches more money to defect to them – in exactly the same way as we stole so many German and Dutch coaches to come and work for us Brits – which has resulted in our medal haul this year), and they’ll get better next time round.

      cray-cray is being witless, Neo. We don’t need to follow his example.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Neo
      Neo

      @dazzer: It does only count as witless if you’re taking the mick with spite as opposed to a hefty heaping of “bless”, I feel it is okay to let it slide this time.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dazzer
      dazzer

      @Neo: I’m a lackwit, aren’t I? Ho hum. I’ll be the guy in the carpark looking a bit wasted. I won’t bring charges if you kick me. (So long as you don’t trample my bag of crisps.)

      Aug 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • freddie
      freddie

      @Kevin: Baseball and softball WERE in the Olympics but were removed by the IOC when it became clear that they weren’t very popular and weren’t truly international sports. I’m gonna pretend you didn’t just call rollerblading a sport. I agree with you on Squash.

      Aug 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kris
      Kris

      Take that Ann Romney and your anti-LGBT pledge signing (that even Mitt didn’t sign), generous ass.

      Aug 10, 2012 at 1:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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