Two more women in international professional sports — this time a duo team in their sport — have come out publicly, and this time they are Olympic medalists.
The Danish badminton team of Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter shared their true identity as a couple — in both love and badminton — in Ekstra Bladet, a Danish publication. The women won an Olympic silver medal together in Rio in 2016.
“The partnership exceeded all expectations,” said Rytter. “Among other things, we beat the world’s number-one-ranked team, and we thought it was a joke to be mates. At the same time, it was hard to not be on the same team as we hunted the same titles in mixed doubles. So we decided that it might be a good idea to try ladies doubles together.”
The women believe that their love for one another has helped them become a better team.
“I think one of the reasons we have become so good at women’s doubles is that we’re also a couple,” said Pedersen. We have a lot of love for each other and also love playing doubles together. The joy many have noticed when we’re on the court is in no way an act. We really think it’s great to be able to play and experience this together. In the end we’re just two girls who think playing badminton is great.”
See? Gays are just better at sports!
Earlier this year professional squash players Rachael Grinham and Jenny Duncalf came out publicly as a couple.