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Emma Twigg will compete in her 4th Olympic Games, but her 1st as an out athlete

When Emma Twigg married, she became present with the importance of returning to the Olympics as an out athlete.

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Emma Twigg will compete in her fourth Olympic Games, but her first as a publicly out athlete.
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Emma Twigg is about to compete in her fourth Summer Olympic Games.

That’s an amazing feat.

When Outsports started tracking the out LGBTQ athletes at the Olympics, it was her first Olympics: 2008. Now, 13 years later, it will be her first Olympic Games on our list of out athletes.

On the latest episode of the Five Rings To Rule Them All podcast, Twigg talks about the importance of being out as she approaches her fourth Games and using her platform to inspire LGBTQ people to be their true selves.

Twigg isn’t just out, she’s also married and present with the power of that example for other LGBTQ people. It’s the example she’s waited to be for a long time.

“When I came out I only wanted to come out when I had someone there that I could say, ‘this is my partner, this is my girlfriend,’” she said. “I think certainly being married it’s an opportunity now to show New Zealand, the world, that this is my wife and we’re very happy and we love each other and we’re going to have a family and do all sorts of wonderful things. It doesn’t change anything in our lives. If anything it adds a huge amount of happiness for both of us and our families.

“It’s a great example for anyone out there struggling with who they are.”

You can listen to the conversation with Olympian Emma Twigg on the Five Rings To Rule Them All podcast on Megaphone, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple podcasts and many more platforms. Just search for Outsports wherever you get your podcast.

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