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Openly gay snowboarder Belle Brockhoff makes Olympics despite knee injury

She is named to Australia’s Winter Games team along with cross-country skier Barbara Jezersek.

Belle Brockhoff Portrait Session
Belle Brockhoff
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Just two months after suffering a bad knee injury, snowboarder Belle Brockhoff was selected to Australia’s Winter Olympics team. She will be the second publicly gay Australian Winter Olympian at the Pyeongchang Games.

The participation of Brockhoff is subject to her being medically clear. She ruptured a knee ligament in December. She just recently got back on the slopes and recovering that fast is rather remarkable.

Brockhoff came out publicly as gay in 2013 prior to the 2014 Sochi Games as a protest against anti-LGBT laws that were passed in Russia. Before those Games she said wanted to “rip on the ass” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who pushed the laws.

Brockhoff is not the only openly gay Australian Winter Olympian. She will be joined by cross-country skier Barbara Jezersek, who competed in the 2014 Olympics for her native Slovenia. Jerersek is now an Australian citizen and she celebrated the news of her selection.

The Olympics start Feb. 9 with the Opening Ceremony.