Almost half of the publicly out LGBT athletes competing in the Rio Olympics won a medal, which is a drastically higher percentage than the athletes in general. All told, 25 of the 53 publicly out athletes Outsports knows of -- a full 47% -- won a medal, including 10 athletes winning gold.
In 2012, about 40% of the publicly out LGBT athletes won medals, as Team LGBT did very well for itself at the Summer Olympics in London. This number is even higher, thanks in part to the success of the Swedish women's soccer team and the American women's basketball team, which combined account for almost a third of the athletes winning medals.
It is odd that being publicly out would translate to Olympic success in two straight Summer Games. You have wonder if there is a correlation.
Nicola Adams, Great Britain, Boxing
51kg weight class
Beat France's Sarah Ourahmoune, 3-0, in gold-medal match
Kate & Helen Richardson-Walsh and Susannah Townsend, Great Britain, Field hockey
Won gold by beating defending-champ Netherlands in shootout
Rafaela Silva, Brazil, Judo
Won first gold medal for Brazil and Team LGB
Seimone Augustus, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Angel McCoughtry, United States, Basketball
Team USA went unbeaten and won gold easily over Spain
Caster Semenya, South Africa, Track and Field
Won silver in London and gold in Rio
Alexandra Lacrabère, France, Handball
Lost to Russia, 22-19, in the gold-medal match
Lisa Dahlkvist, Nilla Fischer, Hedvig Lindahl and Caroline Seger, Sweden, Soccer
Fell to Germany, 2-1, in the gold medal match after beating USA and Brazil
Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel and Maartje Paumen, Netherlands, Field Hockey
Lost to Great Britain in a shootout
Sunette Viljoen, South Africa, Track & Field
Barely edged out third and fourth place for silver
Rachele Bruni, Italy, Swimming
Dedicated her medal to her "beloved"
Carl Hester & Spencer Wilton, Great Britain, Dressage
Hester also won gold in team dressage in London
Stephanie Labbe & Marie-Eve Nault, Canada, Soccer
Canadian soccer team beat Brazil, 2-1, for bronze
Tom Daley, Great Britain, Diving
Men's synchronized 10-meter platform
Edged out German duo on last dive for bronze
Jen Kish, Canada, Rugby
Beat Great Britain, 33-10, to win bronze; Lost semifinal match, 5-0