The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio has a record number of publicly out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes.
Outsports and Olympic and LGBT historian Tony Scupham-Bilton have identified at least 55 out athletes who are competing, as well as three coaches.
According to the Associated Press (via nbcolympics.com), Yoshida is the "most decorated athlete in the history of freestyle wrestling."In 2015, Yoshida reflected on the 2012 Olympics in London.
Marleen van Iersel # (Netherlands, beach volleyball)Linda Vilumsen # (New Zealand, cycling)Jeffrey Wammes # (Netherlands, gymnastics)Spencer Wilton # (Great Britain, equestrian)Kirsty Yallop **Victor Guttiérez, a Spanish water polo player was originally on the list, but he announced July 12 that he is not going to Rio.***This list had been one larger, but one athlete contacted us to say she was not publicly out, so we removed her name.
**** We had originally listed Dutee Chand (India, track & field) and Caster Semenya (South Africa, track & field) as intersex athletes competing.
Needless to say, it's a rare combination of longevity and brilliance that leads to such Olympic gold medal streaks. Going for: Four straight American beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings will return to the Olympic Games in Rio without her familiar partner, Misty May-Treanor.
Several teams and athletes are sitting on back-to-back golds and will go for their third straight in Rio, but even fewer will go for their fourth or greater consecutive win. Together, the two won three consecutive gold medals dating back to 2004 in Athens.
Alyson Annan coaches the Dutch women's field hockey team, Jill Ellis is the head coach of the United States women's soccer team and Pia Sundhage is head coach of Sweden's women's soccer team.
Gold medal Olympic diver Greg Louganis will travel with the United States diving team as an official athlete mentor, the same role he held in 2012. Here is a fascinating note from historian Scupham-Bilton: "George Morris is trainer to the Brazilian Olympic equestrian team (his partner is Brazilian).
According to Avery Stone of , if the duo is able to achieve gold despite its slight underdog status, Walsh would become the "first beach volleyball player to win four consecutive gold medals since the sport made its Olympic debut in 1996."Going for: Four straight Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho has won Olympic gold in the women's middleweight freestyle category every year it has been a part of the Olympics since 2004. According to BBC Sport, Icho lost her first match since 2003 when Orkhon Purevdorj of Mongolia defeated her in January. On the loss, Japan national team director Kazuhito Sakae said, per BBC Sport, "There's enough time to put things right. I believe she can win her fourth-straight Olympic title."Going for: Four straight Like Icho, Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida has also won the past three Olympic gold medals.
Her dominance has come in the lightweight freestyle category.
From coming into the venue and stepping on to the mat, people were supporting with 'Saori' banners and waving the Japanese flag, so even though it was London, I felt much more like fighting at home that way, which was really inspiring."The U. women's soccer team has won three consecutive Olympic gold medals. The roster will consist of seven Olympic gold medalists as well as 14 players from the 2015 World Cup title team.
The streak started in Athens in 2004 and could continue and expand to four golds if the U. Big names Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan will all be there.
Walsh will go for her fourth alongside new partner April Ross.