Two Months After Knee Injury, Gay Snowboarder Makes Winter Olympics

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Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has been selected to join the 2018 Winter Olympics two months after rupturing a knee ligament in December, Outsports reports.

She wrote on Instagram last week: “JUST GOT MEDICAL CLEARANCE TO COMPETE!!!”




 

JUST GOT MEDICAL CLEARANCE TO COMPETE!!!


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She came out as gay in 2013 as a protest against anti-LGBT laws in Russia prior to the 2014 Sochi Games.


Brockhoff isn’t the only LGBT woman competing. She will join fellow openly lesbian skier Barbara Jezersek, a Serbian 2014 Olympics competitor who will compete for Australia this year, as well as Austrian ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz.

Brockhoff, Jezersek and Iraschko-Stolz will be three of eight openly gay Olympians at the winter games — double the number who competed in 2014. Read about them here.


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