Meet The Gay Athletes Heading To The Olympics, And A Few Who Almost Made It

The 2012 Summer Olympics start on July 27, and we’ve got our watchful eye on the queer athletes heading to London. Not many have publicly acknowledged their orientation, but the brave few who have get a gold medal in our book.

In the 2008 Beijing games, 11 athletes were out about their sexuality. So far, London doesn’t have nearly that many LGBT competitors. (A proposed Olympic Pride House in Clapham Common was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.) Perhaps after the medals have been handed out and the pressure is off, a few more will feel comfortable stepping forward and representing the rainbow.

Click through to meet the out athletes of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games—and those who came close to getting the gold

Is there a queer Olympian we missed? Tell us in the comments.