Pančochová is known for her eccentric and lively attitude. The snowboarder has twice represented her country, the Czech Republic, at the Olympics. First in 2012 and secondly at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
She qualified for the final round in the slopestyle division but sadly crashed out. True to her childlike nature, Pančochová donned a zebra onesie when coming out in an interview in 2017.
Nicola is a retired boxer from West Yorkshire, England. In a very fulfilling career of impressive records, Adams, an out lesbian, counts being the first out LGBTQ+ to win a gold medal for boxing at the Olympics.
She has also been recognized by The Independent as the most influential LGBTQ+ individual in Britain. After taking home gold at the 2012 Olympics, Adams successfully kept her title by defeating her French rival at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
David Lee Pearson
Sir David Lee Pearson is a prolific Paralympic gold medallist, having obtained fourteen gold medals in the Paralympic para-equestrian competition. Dominating in almost every division, Pearson remains a true force in the para-equestrian field.
After bagging his twelfth Paralympic gold medal, Pearson gave a truly moving speech about challenges encountered by those facing physical disabilities and LGBTQ+ issues. Within the speech, Pearson explained that love has to conquer everything else.
Mitcham’s final splash at the 2008 Australia 2008 Summer Olympics earned him a historic gold. Not only was Mitcham the first Australian in the male diving division to win Olympic gold in 84 years but he was also the first out Australian diver to do so.
Mitcham is far more reserved about his identity and has told interviewers that sees being LGBTQ+ as only one small part of his identity. Mitcham did admit that he found it humbling to receive a flurry of letters from gay teenagers after his historic win.
Megan Rapinoe might be one of the most familiar LGBTQ+ athletes in the world. Rapinoe is as renowned for her soccer skills as for her LGBTQ+ activism. Rapinoe famously captained her team to a gold medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, scoring two goals at crucial moments in the game.
She has contributed greatly to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and donates one percent of her wages along with a group of like-minded soccer players to supper soccer charities.