Gay Olympian WINS Gold

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    Aug 08, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
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    I'm on a horse! [oldspicewhistle]

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/08/08/team-gold-for-britains-only-openly-gay-olympian-carl-hester/

    PinkNews (UK)The only openly gay Olympian in Team GB has helped his equestrian team secure gold at the London Olympics.

    Carl Hester rode Uthopia in the dressage’s Grand Prix Special at Greenwich Park.

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    Hester, 45, won a team gold and two individual silver medals at the European Championships in Rotterdam last year but this is his first Olympic medal.

    Raised on Sark in the Channel Islands, which has no cars and where horses are therefore one of the main methods of transportation, in 1992, Hester became the youngest British rider to represent the country at the Barcelona Olympics.

    He was formerly in a relationship with international dressage rider Spencer Wilton, who in 2009 the media speculated could have been a factor in the breakdown of the marriage between Katie Price and Peter Andre after he was seen with the former glamour model, who is known for her love of horse-riding, until it was revealed Wilton was gay.

    Sark’s only post box will be painted gold in Hester’s honour.

    Hester told the BBC’s Clare Balding: “I know it’s an old cliché but it’s a culmination of so many years of dreaming about it and it finally happening. Both those girls are cool customers. [...] There it is, we finally won it.”

    He added: “As with every sport that’s won a gold medal at these Games, it’s shot our sport into a totally different league.

    “This is my fourth Olympics and it’s actually a weird feeling for me because three Olympics I’ve gone with no expectations and it’s actually quite easy to ride like that.

    To come to an Olympics where we were expected to get a gold gave me a frightening feeling – and I enjoyed it.

    “I am looking forward to it all being over, to get the individual competition out of the way now, but it’s a truly special minute for everyone in British dressage.”

    He will return to Greenwich tomorrow to compete in the individual Grand Prix Freestyle. (COMMENTARY - Wow! You don't wanna take, like, a day off or something?)

    There are now 23 confirmed openly gay Olympians competing at London, about 0.16 percent of the total number of athletes.
  • hartfan

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    Aug 08, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    Congratulations.
  • bad_wolf

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    Aug 08, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    You see I always feel that the horse should get the medal, they're the ones doing all the physical work in a competition.
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    Aug 08, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    Good for him! What about the openly gay diver from Australia, has he gotten gold again or not?
  • nomad4life

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    Aug 08, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    At a boy!! Represent!!
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    Well FABULOUS!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 08, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    mileshelvetica saidGood for him! What about the openly gay diver from Australia, has he gotten gold again or not?


    http://www.news.com.au/sport/london-olympics/diver-matthew-mitcham-most-influential-aussies-on-twitter-at-games/story-fndpu6dv-1226446357665

    Matthew Mitcham's event (Men's 10m Platform Preliminary) will be on Friday.
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    Aug 08, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    He's really 'establishment' looking and kinda inbred BUT it's still cool.

    I'm sure him and his boyfriend had lots of jolly good sex after, what what ! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 08, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    Should of heard him interviewed hahaha, so obviously gay (and I have no gaydar)
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    Aug 08, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    His last name sounds like horse in the Scandinavian languages.
  • camfer

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    Aug 08, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    bad_wolf saidYou see I always feel that the horse should get the medal, they're the ones doing all the physical work in a competition.


    Horses don't care about medals, but they do appreciate an extra cup of grain now and then.
  • kew1

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    Aug 10, 2012 11:12 AM GMT
    dayumm said
    Raised on Sark in the Channel Islands, which has no cars and where horses are therefore one of the main methods of transportation,


    Horse & carts yes,
    Sark's so small it'd take longer to get the horse ready than to ride anywhere - 3 miles long, 1/2 mile wide. People walk or cycle.
    Even the ambulance is pulled by a tractor
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    Interview with him.
    http://www.yourstables.co.uk/the-tack-room/carl-hester.html
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    Aug 10, 2012 11:45 AM GMT
    would be a guy on a horse lol
  • calibro

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    Aug 10, 2012 12:01 PM GMT
    equestrian is one of those sports that's full of homos
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    Aug 10, 2012 12:25 PM GMT
    That's a sport?
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    Aug 10, 2012 5:24 PM GMT
    YEAH!