Sep 2, 2017; College Station, TX, United States; Penn State middle blocker Haleigh Washington (15) prepares to serve against the Texas A&M Aggies during the Texas A&M Tournament at Reed Arena. | Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Haleigh Washington
Country: USA
Sport: Volleyball
Previous Olympic experience: Tokyo 2021
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Who is Haleigh Washington

Haleigh Washington was one of several publicly out volleyball players at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Now she’s back, at the Paris Olympics, looking for a repeat of 2021.

In late 2020, Washington posted on X that she was bisexual. This was taken by some as her public “coming out.”

Yet Washington didn’t see it that way. The next day she tweeted that her post wasn’t a “coming out,” as she already considered herself “out.”

It’s been a growing trend for many LGBTQ people, and so many LGBTQ female athletes are part of that. They are just living their lives, and sharing on social media, with no big public “coming out.”

She played her college career at Penn State, where the middle blocker was a three-time first-team All-American and won the NCAA national title with the Nittany Lions in 2014.

Washington is now a professional volleyball player in Italy. At the Tokyo Summer Olympics, she was recognized as the “best middle blocker.”

Haleigh Washington at the Paris Summer Olympics

In the Tokyo Summer Olympics knockout bracket, the United States women’s volleyball team never lost a game, winning all three elimination matches, 3-0. They won the gold medal. It was the first-ever Olympic gold for the American women’s volleyball team.

Headed into Paris, the United States is ranked fifth in the world in the women’s volleyball rankings. They have their work cut out for them.

The United States has medaled each of the last four Olympics, so they will need to dig deep to keep that streak going.

Washington has been on the United States national team since 2018.

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