Three LGBT Women Prepare for Pyeongchang Olympics

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Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff. Photo via Twitter / @bellebrockoff

During this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a trio of Olympians will have a chance to represent the LGBT community.

Open athletes Belle Brockhoff, Cheryl Maas and Ireen Wüst all have had previous experiences with the games, according to NewNowNext.

Brockhoff, an Australian snowboarder who previously competed at the 2014 Sochi games, spoke out against Russian treatment of LGBT people.

"During the whole Games, I won't be getting into anything political, it's not why I'm there," she said to BBC Sports in 2014. "I want to go there because I'm not afraid of these laws and I want others that live in Russia, who are homosexuals, to see that."

Brockhoff made it all the way to the final of the women’s snowboard cross during that year’s Olympics.

Maas, a lesbian slopestyle snowboarder from the Netherlands, has also spoken out about the 2014 games.

"I especially think that from now on the IOC [International Olympic Committee] should think better about where it wants to organize the Games,” Maas said to NU Sports. “They should not do so in countries where certain population groups are excluded, as is the case in Russia. With the choice for Russia, the IOC takes a step back in time. Russia lives in the past while looking to the future."

Wüst, who has won three gold medals for the Netherlands in speedskating, will be one of the highest profile LGBT athletes at the games this year. Reuters named her the Reuters’ Sportswoman of the World in 2014, according to NewNowNext.


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