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47% of out LGBT athletes won an Olympic medal in Rio

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Of the 53 publicly out LGBT athletes Outsports knows of, 25 of them won a medal including 10 gold.

Britney Griner and Elena Della Donne won gold for Team USA women's basketball.
Britney Griner and Elena Della Donne won gold for Team USA women's basketball.
Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Gold Medals

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
Women's 57kg
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
800 meters
Won silver in London and gold in Rio

Silver Medals

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
Javelin
Barely edged out third and fourth place for silver

Rachele Bruni, Italy, Swimming
10km
Dedicated her medal to her "beloved"

Carl Hester & Spencer Wilton, Great Britain, Dressage
Team Dressage
Hester also won gold in team dressage in London

Bronze Medals

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
Women's sevens
Beat Great Britain, 33-10, to win bronze; Lost semifinal match, 5-0