Are Gay Olympians Better Athletes?
Written by Instinct Staff |
Tuesday, 07 August 2012
|Tags: gay athletes, are better, study, medals, london, olympics, 2012, straight, openly gay, out, sports|
After taking a look at the medals awarded to the handful of out athletes throughout history, it looks like the answer is "yes." As it turns out, over half of all gay Olympians have won medals, far surpassing the medal ratios of the unfortunate non-gays.
We at Outsports have identified104 openly gay and lesbian Summer Olympians over the years. Some of them were out while competing, others came out after their Games. An astonishing 53 of them -- over 50 percent -- have won a medal. That's an incredible percentage and far exceeds the average of all athletes who have taken home Olympic hardware.
This year, we may be on pace for a similar performance. There are 23 publicly out Olympians we know of in London, though the number keeps growing. Already, two out athletes -- German cyclist Judith Arndt (silver) and American tennis player Lisa Raymond (bronze) -- have won medals. And while a number of out Olympians have been eliminated from competition, many others are positioned for a medal.
Outsports goes on to guess that because athletes might be more comfortable to come out once they reach the top of their field, openly gay Olympians are therefore simply the best of the best.
How would you explain this phenomenon?
(Source: SBNation, Outsports)