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First-ever married same-sex couple to play together in Olympics wins gold

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Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh on Saturday became the first married couple to play together in an Olympic match. Now they've won gold together.

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Helen Richardson-Walsh and Kate Richardson-Walsh of Great Britain made history last Saturday when they took the field for their first match of the Rio Olympics, becoming the first married couple to play together on the same team at an Olympics. Great Britain won the match over Australia, 2-1.

On Friday they became the first married couple to win gold together, beating the Netherlands in a shootout.

"It's really, really special," Kate said as she stood next to Helen, according to AP. "To win an Olympic medal is special. To win an Olympic medal with your wife there next to you, taking a penalty in the pressure moments is so special, and we will cherish this for the rest of our lives."

The two were married in 2013 and say they have received tons of support from their teammates.

From The Sun:

Kate, who played with a metal plate in her face at London 2012 just five days after breaking her jaw, said: "We just want to show that it's a normal thing. We're not out there shouting it, it's just part and parcel of who we are."

Helen added: "It was definitely a conscious decision (to come out). If you are really open about it, people say, ‘Why do you make such a big deal about it?'

The duo previously won a bronze medal on the British field hockey team in 2012. They have been teammates for almost two decades.