The interview is here on Autostraddle.com.
- She jokes that she threatened to pull a “Tonya Harding” on Megan Rapinoe for coming out first, even though she pushed Megan to come out.
- Lori is recently single, and picky.
- Her parents divorced early in her life, and she only remembers her mom ever being with a woman as her wife.
Thank you Lori. We’re all happy to have you as fans and proud to have you as part of the family.
Zach Woosley also did an excellent piece on the SB Nation blog Stars and Stripes FC on Lori’s public coming out.
Wins and losses are great, trophies are even better, but to have our women’s national team playing a leading role in putting more faces on the LGBT movement is something I’m extremely proud of. It may not seem like much, but when openly gay athletes are received in a positive way by soccer fans, it shows all those who are still struggling with a very personal decision that when they are ready, the support will be there for them.
At the start of the Olympics last month, this video of the US Women’s National Team lip syncing to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” made the internet rounds:
Well last week our Chivas USA writer Rachna shared on Twitter that the Team GB Women’s Soccer Team had also made a lip sync video. My instant reaction was “well screw that, America already did one and anything America does is better than anything anyone else does.”
My instant reaction may have been wrong.
Megan Rapinoe isn’t the only out Olympic athlete heading home from London with a medal around her neck. Outsports/SBNation compiled the following list of other athletes who excelled at the Olympics:
- Seimone Augustus, USA basketball player
- Carl Hester, British equestrian
- Marilyn Agliotti, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Kim Lammers, and Maartje Paumen, Dutch field hockey players
- Megan Rapinoe, USA soccer player
- Judith Arndt, German cyclist
- Edward Gal, Dutch equestrian
- Lisa Raymond, USA tennis player
If “Gay” was a country, we’d have as many medals as Mexico, with 40% of out Olympians medalling. Check out their post for details on all these Olympians.
Megan Rapinoe spoke to Yahoo! Sports in London.
“I guess it seems like a weight off my shoulders,” Rapinoe said on the eve of Thursday’s gold medal match against Japan, “because I’ve been playing a lot better than I’ve ever played before. I think I’m just enjoying myself and I’m happy.”
The video auto-plays, so it’s after the jump.
This morning Canada was victorious over France with an extra time goal to take home the bronze from London 2012. Congrats!
This afternoon at 2:45 ET, the United States Women’s National Team takes on Japan in the big rematch of the 2011 Women’s Cup Final from Wembley Stadium!
Good luck to Hope, Heather, Christie, Becky, Kelley, Amy, Shannon, Amy, Heather, Carli, Sydney, Lauren, Alex, Abby, Rachel, Tobin, Nicole, and of course our very own out Olympian Megan and out coach Pia!
For us LGBT people, it’s an important moment to remember that the out coaches are as important as the out athletes.
She very well may be right. After all, I’m finding this is the first post on this site I’ve tagged with her name. As a community we tend to give a great deal of attention on the out athletes (as well as give those like Matthew Mitcham plenty of ogling.)
But coaches such as Sundhagen and Team GB’s Hope Powell go far too often overlooked in all of the hoopla over the athletes. After yesterday’s incredible win, it’s more than appropriate to say “Congratulations, Pia!”
The full post is at SBNation.com