- February 2022
Team LGBTQ entered the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing with more members than any previous Winter Games. Outsports has counted 36 out athletes from 14 different countries in multiple sports.
But what if these athletes were a country themselves, flying the rainbow flag and blaring Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” for their national anthem?
Team LGBTQ would have finished these Winter Olympics ranked 12th in the medal standings, just ahead of Italy and Japan.
The Canadian women's ice hockey team that captured Olympic gold yesterday has at least seven openly LGBTQ players. According to NBC News, it's the gayest Winter Olympic team ever.
And certainly it's the gayest thing in skates since Disney on Ice.
Russia is now claiming a teenage Olympic athlete's drug test may have been "contaminated" by a mixup with "a medication her grandfather was taking." Which explains why the skater tested positive for Viagra, Lipitor and Tums.
A little over six months ago, basketball star Sue Bird carried the American flag in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Yesterday speedskater Brittany Bowe carried Old Glory in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
Bowe replaced bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, who'd tested positive for COVID.
That's the story, anyway. I suspect there's really just a tacit understanding in the American camp these days that the flagbearer should be a lesbian.
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