Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Fourth-Place Medal

South African archer comes out after competing

Fourth-Place Medal


Karen Hultzer competed for South Africa in archery. After she finished, placing 46th out of 64 athletes, she opened up about her private life. She came out as a lesbian, and joined the small but growing number of Olympic athletes who are openly gay or lesbian.

"I hope this gives people some courage. The more we come out and talk about it, the more people should realize that being gay is a non-issue and we can progress," Hultzer, 46, who has only been shooting for five years, told Reuters.

Hultzer joins a group of Olympic athletes who are breaking long-held sports norms to talk about their sexuality. American soccer player Megan Rapinoe came out earlier this summer. Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has been out since before he won gold in Beijing. American figure skater Johnny Weir, who has competed twice in the Winter Olympics, married his boyfriend on New Year's Eve.

Related Olympics coverage on Yahoo! Sports:

More Olympics coverage on Yahoo! Sports:
Michael Phelps will swim with sharks
Photos: Inspirational Olympic celebrations
Photos: Paul McCartney is Team GB's good luck charm

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
EPL $20K Nobody Loses 327/10000 $1 $20000 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter
NBA $15K Tournament [$2K to 1st] 680/3410 $5 $15000 Today 8:00 PM Enter
NBA $10K Tournament [$1K to 1st] 78/455 $25 $10000 Today 8:00 PM Enter
View Comments (107)