Dynamite comes in small packages. Five-foot-two Filipina boxer Irish Magno became the first female Filipina boxer to make the grade for the Olympic games and went on to represent the Philippines at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Magno has punched her way through many stereotypes as a female boxer. Her career was met with skepticism in her homeland. While not particularly vocal about her identity and LGBTQ+ issues, Magno is out and has been in a long-term relationship with her girlfriend, Erny Ann Micua.
Regina George, a 400-meter sprint superstar, was born to Nigerian and Venezuelan parents in Chicago. After beating Nigeria at a 4 x 400-meter event in 2010, she consulted with her coach about the possibility of her representing Nigeria in athletics.
Only two years later, George was running for the Nigerian team at the 2012 London Olympics. As an out athlete, George had no issue announcing her relationship with fellow track and field sportsperson, Inika McPherson.
Elena Delle Donne
Donne kept the tradition of Delawareans bringing home gold medals. Six foot five Delle made the team to represent Women’s Basketball at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. She helped her team beat Spain to clinch the gold medal in the finals.
A renowned sportsperson, Delle Donne wed her fiancee in 2017. Before the wedding took place, she graciously stated that her and her wife’s wedding wasn't just for them, but also for other LGBTQ+ people.
Canadian cyclist Georgia Simmerling has twice represented her home country of Canada at the Olympics, helping secure a silver medal for her mates in the team pursuit division.
Simmerling proposed to her long-time girlfriend, Canadian soccer player Stephanie Labbé in August of 2021. Speaking of her relationship with Labbé as both a lesbian and fellow sportsperson, Georgia said that Labbé understands exactly what she goes through as an out person in the world of athletics.
Kellie Harrington proudly added gold to Ireland’s reserve of Olympic medals. The boxer from Dublin, Ireland slogged her way to domination at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Harrington has neither come out nor “not come out”.
She’s been in a relationship with long-time partner Mandy Loughlin for over a decade. Speaking of her sexual identity, Harrington remarked that her sexuality has nothing to do with what she has achieved and that her private life and professional life have a clear distinction.