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Ji Wallace became an Olympic hero 20 years ago, before coming out as gay

Wallace won a silver medal in the first-ever Olympic trampoline competition, all in front of his home crowd.

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Ji Wallace helped introduce Olympic trampoline to the world, in front of his home-country crowd in Australia.

Ji Wallace has been on quite a ride. The Australian Olympian, who competed in front of his home crowd in the very first Olympic trampoline competition, has been a key figure in elevating his sports’ worldwide profile, come out publicly to much fanfare, been a magazine coverboy, a Cirque performer, HIV advocate, and now he hopes to help bring the Summer Olympic Games back to Australia.

In the latest episode of the Five Rings To Rule Them All podcast, Wallace takes a stroll down memory lane with me, harkening back to those 2000 Olympic Games that elevated him to national-hero status. He talks about the half hour or so he had to wait, after he had completed his competition, to find out if he had won an Olympic medal, and what color that medal might be.

He also talks about his decision to come out publicly both as a gay man, and then later as having HIV. Plus he opens up about the devastating injury that ended his high-flying career and started his life as a coach.

You can listen to the conversation with Olympian Ji Wallace on the Megaphone player, or by visiting Spotify for an easy browser player. Five Rings To Rule Them All is also available on Google Podcasts, Apple podcasts and many more platforms. Just search for Outsports wherever you get your podcast.

And be sure to follow Five Rings To Rule Them All on Twitter.

You can follow Ji Wallace on Instagram @j_i_s_i_l_v_e_r_l_i_n_i_n_g, or on Twitter @JiSilverLining.