Another Olympian Comes Out, Announces Engagement

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WNBA's Most Valuable Player has come out as a lesbian just in time for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Elena Delle Donne, a Team USA basketball player for the Olympics, came out in an interview with Vogue last week. She's not only open about being a lesbian — she also revealed an engagement with her long-term partner, Amanda Clifton.

"It was just one of those articles where they came into my home, spent a couple days with me, and [fiancee] Amanda [Clifton] is a huge part of my life," Delle Donne told ESPN. "So to leave her out wouldn't have made any sense. It's not a coming out article or anything. I've been with her for a very long time now, and people who are close to me know that, and that's that."

Related: 44 Out LGBT Athletes to Compete in Rio Olympics

Delle Donne is not the only LGBT athlete on Team USA's women's basketball team. Seimone Augustus, Brittney Griner and Angel McCoughtry join Delle Donne.

Despite coming out publicly, the WNBA athlete does not want her private life out in the spotlight.

"As the future keeps moving on, I don't plan on having our relationship out in the public and all this media on it," she said. "But obviously there's excitement right now because people see it for the first time."

Delle Donne's engagement shouldn't come as a surprise to her online followers — several weeks ago, Clifton appeared on social media with a sign that said "Will You Marry Me?" The caption below stated, "I obviously said yes!"

There are currently 44 LGBT athletes competing in the Olympics.


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