Saturday, August 23, 2008

What Olympic TV Coverage Isn't Telling You

Congratulations to Matthew Mitcham, platform diving gold medalist and one of 11 openly gay athletes at the Beijing Olympics. Matthew scored an amazing 112.10 on his sixth and final dive, clinching the gold and setting a new world record.

I don't recall the televsion commentators telling you about this or about Matthew's partner sitting in the audience like they've told you about other athlete's significant others, so I thought I'd post it here. tells us that statistically speaking, out athletes have been, as a group, disproportionately successful at these Olympic Games. The 11 openly GLBT athletes Outsports has followed over the past two weeks raked in 4 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze medal. In other words, 64% of out athletes won a medal; a third of all out athletes won a gold medal.

The medalists are:
Gold: Matthew Mitcham, Australia (Diving, 10m platform); Natasha Kai, USA (Soccer); Gro Hammerseng & Katya Nyberg, Norway (Handball)

Silver: Lauren Lappin and bi athlete Vicky Galindo, USA (Softball)

Bronze: Linda Bresonik, Germany (Soccer)


UPDATE: Video of Matthew with partner Lachlan and mom.