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German Cyclist Judith Arndt Becomes First Out Lesbian to Medal at London Olympics

German Cyclist Judith Arndt Becomes First Out Lesbian to Medal at London Olympics

German Cyclist Judith Arndt became the first out lesbian to medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she won a silver medal in the time trials. American Kristin Armstrong won the gold medal in the event and Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia won the bronze,

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German Cyclist Judith Arndt became the first out lesbian to medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she won a silver medal in the time trials. American Kristin Armstrong won the gold medal in the event and Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia won the bronze, according to Cycling News.com.

"I'm really happy with the silver medal. Of course my goal was to win gold, but if you would have asked me yesterday I would have named Kristin [Armstrong] as favorite for today. So I'm not surprised,” Arndt said

Arndt and Armstrong embrace following the time trials. 

Earlier this week Arndt finished 37 out of 40 in the Women’s Road Race. Regarding that placement she told Cycling News “I put my focus on every race. I gave everything in the road race: we missed the break and I gave it all to try and get them back for Ina [Teutenberg], because I really believed in her that she could be Olympic champion. Today was a new race, and in two days it will be another new race and I will give everything again, all the same.”

Arndt, one of 23 openly gay athletes participating in the London Olympics, according to Out Sports, has participated in every summer Olympics since 1996, making this her 5th time at the games. 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.