Olympic Games

Olympic hopeful gets 'super power' from coming out


Connor Taras, a sprint kayaker, was kept from the 2012 Olympics by his struggles in the closet. Since coming out as gay last year, Taras has found a new "gay super power." Look out, 2016.

Matthew Mitcham sings Dolly Parton's 'Dumb Blonde'


Gay Olympic diving champion Matthew Mitcham is carving out a little music career for himself and his ukelele. Here he sings Dolly Parton's 'Dumb Blonde.' We don't think he is one at all.

Charline Labonte: Olympic hockey player & gay


Charline Labonte played in her fourth Winter Olympics for Canada in Sochi. Her girlfriend, speed skater Anastasia Buscis, was there with her. Labonte talks here for the first time about being gay.

Outsports podcast: Gay Olympic luger joins us


John Fennell came out earlier this week. He joins us on Outsports Radio.

Olympic luger John Fennell is gay


John Fennell talks about being gay in Russia for the Olympics and the fear that instilled in him.

Tom Daley makes it official: 'I am a gay man'


British diver had said he fancied girls as well as guys, but now says he's gay.

Paralympic dreams


USA coach Stephanie Wheeler talks about Paralympic Games, which start Friday.

Ryan in Russia: Coming out to smiles and fear


The women hugged me, the super-sassy-dominatrix front desk girl (I want her to be my best friend) who always wore fierce heels grabs my hand and says,"I like you so much better now."

Slovenian Olympic skier has a body for days


The skier competed in four events in the Olympics, then took off her shirt for Outsports.

We failed in Sochi because we didn't risk a thing


Our LGBT efforts around the Olympics did have some positive repercussions, but we ultimately failed LGBT Russians because we didn't risk anything the way many of them risk every day.


Why this viewer didn't boycott Putin's Olympics

Last night I was on the phone with a friend and I told him I needed to cut our conversation short. The Closing Ceremonies for the Olympics were coming on and I wanted to watch. My friend asked if...

Gay 2006 U.S. Olympian: Coming out has changed


There are gay Olympians open to those people who matter to them, Brian Olsen says. "Being out to your friends, family, and team will make you a better athlete." But he argues that it's asking a lot...

Ryan in Russia: A pin for a sausage


Apparently the Wave isn't the only crowd favorite we've exported to the world and here at the Sochi Olympics (we're sorry, you're welcome). Singing along to "Sweet Caroline" is a big hit,...

Out speedskater Ireen Wüst tops in medals


Wüst, the Dutch star speedskater, wins her second gold and the fifth of the Games.

Gold medals and Cold War II


First gay rights and now Ukraine. The Sochi Games are looking surreal as they near their closing ceremonies.


Winter Olympians in artistic poses

Dutch photographer Ewoud Broeksma has long specialized in shooting athletes, especially those who participate in Olympic sports. During the 2004 Summer Games, there was an exhibit of his works in...

Will the media deal with a gay athlete's tears?


Given the global uproar about Russia and gays, it hasn't surprised me to see NBC making darn sure that they celebrate heterosexuality at Russia's Winter Olympics.

He's here, he's Weir, and I'm loving it!


Criticism from the LGBT community of Johnny Weir for his "flamboyant" attire – or for going to Russia at all – couldn’t be more misplaced.

Olympic hockey players donating for every goal


Four players from the United States and Canada will donate $100 to You Can Play for every goal they score.

Ryan in Russia: Straight men like to touch


After USA's big hockey win over the Russians, Ryan was told to stay off the streets -- and not go to the Russian gay bar in Sochi.

Premature celebration nearly costs gold


Norway biathlete Emil Hegle Svendsen would fit in with NFL players who like to celebrate early by spiking the football at the 1-yard line. His premature celebration nearly cost him the gold medal...

Out women rack up medals in Sochi


Ireen Wüst wins three medals, tied for most medals at these Winter Games.

Johnny Weir designed gold-medal winning costume


The NBC commentator had a ball calling the men's long skate. Take our poll and pick your favorite costume.

Women make history in ski jumping


Thurday's medals ceremony for the first-in-history women's ski jump marks the end of a 90-year battle by women to break into this sport at Olympic levels. It was a day of upsets that saw the...

U.S. men's skaters a long shot for medals


This is not a strong American team. Who's hot and not and medal predictions for Sochi.

Ryan in Russia: Rainbows & football in Sochi


There I am standing on the roof of our hotel, watching rainbow light shows all around me, listening to THAT song ... and I'm in Russia?! It was surreal.

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