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White House official wins Gay Games gold

The 2010 Gay Games in Cologne received virtually no mainstream media coverage, but Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post's "Federal Eye" column has a nice item on the participation by Kei Koizumi, who handles budgetary and policy issues in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Koizumi, 41, won a gold medal in men's 40-44 110-meter hurdles and a silver in the triple jump.

Koizumi joined OSTP last year from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and spends his days focused on budget and appropriations issues related to NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation and the Energy Department. In his down time he swims and runs, but rarely practices for hurdles, he said.

“I didn’t think I was hooked on it, but I’d done the hurdles at a different distance at the last games and thought I’d try this sprint distance in Cologne,” Koizumi said in an interview.

“I tried it, and hey, I was pretty good at it,” he said with a laugh.

Koizumi is not the only one in his family to bring home hardware from Cologne. His husband, Commerce Dept. employee Jeff Dutton, won the silver in the marathon in the men's 35 age group.

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