The Winter Olympics are set to be a bit more “out” there.
A second openly-gay member of Australia’s Winter Olympics team has been announced on the roster in the lead up to the event, which will be held in Pyeongchang later this month.
Snowboarder Belle Brockhoff joins previously announced cross-country skier Barbara Jezeršek in making the final cut to represent Australia in the sporting competition.
Brockhoff came out in 2013 as one of the 27 athletes to sign an open letter against Kazakhstan hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. The letter was sent due to the country’s anti-gay governmental laws.
She was a competitor in the 2013 FIS women’s snowboard cross, and also competed in the 2014 Winter Olympic games in the snowboard cross in Sochi, Russia.
Announcing her position on the team on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, Brockhoff said:
IM SO HAPPY!!! Incredibly honoured and excited to annouce that I’ll be representing Australia for the second time at the Olympic Games next month!!! Thankyou to my family, friends, supporters & sponsors for believing in me every step of the way! I will be riding my heart out! ❤ pic.twitter.com/NOInrSP5ui
— Belle Brockhoff (@bellebrockhoff) January 24, 2018
Brockhoff could have very nearly had to miss out on the 2018 games as she recently ruptured a knee ligament. Having recently got back to training, she was given the all-clear only a couple of days ago.
Barbara Jezeršek also competed at the 2014 Sochi games, as welll as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where she finished 14th in the cross-country skiing 4 x 5 km relay. Jezeršek came out as lesbian during a Swedish radio interview in 2012, where she spoke about her partner and that they were raising a child together.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea begin on the 9th February.