World OutGames 2017 Athletes: John Ring

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John Ring (right). Submitted photo.

Hailing from Swinford, Ireland, John Ring is competing in this year’s World OutGames as a triathlete.

“I didn’t know there were other people like me,” Ring said, describing how he came out later in life as a gay man and sports fan.

He married his partner, Herb Diamond, in New York and the couple call Fort Lauderdale home. He is a retired Broadway actor and can be found playing tennis in the early morning hours at Holiday Park.

Ring has competed in the Gay Games twice — in 2010 as a soccer player in Cologne, Germany and in 2014 as both a triathlete and soccer player in Cleveland.

A knee injury ended his soccer activities this go-around, Ring said. Instead, the 6-foot-1 Irishman plans to peddle on his bike across the Rickenbacker Causeway into Key Biscayne later this month.

Ring, 45, is a big fan of Manchester United’s soccer team. He also attends Miami Heat games and follows the Virginia Tech Hokies on the college circuit.

Diamond, 87, has visited 119 different countries. The couple met online in 2011. According to Ring, he admires older men and, in Fort Lauderdale, there are many couples, he said smiling, like “the Diamond Rings.”


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