Anyone here participated in any Gay Games or planning or hoping to?

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    Oct 27, 2007 10:24 PM GMT
    I'm not much of a sports watcher. Occasionally when channel surfing, some sporting event will catch my eye and I'll linger for awhile watching. When the Olympics are happening, I'm glued to the TV. It's unfortunate that the Gay Games aren't televised the same way, but, c'est la vie. Any of you guys participate in the Gay Games? What was your experience like? Did you win, place, or show?
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    Oct 28, 2007 1:19 AM GMT
    Please. You're not gonna make me be the first guy from RJ to go in the gay games are you? I do have a fresh piece of hopscotch chalk just in case, but really! Huh!
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    Oct 28, 2007 1:27 AM GMT
    I know of one guy on RJ who has participated in the Gay Games:

    http://www.realjock.com/noahdiver

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    Oct 28, 2007 1:31 AM GMT
    I have been to two games (NYC and Montreal), but never competed.

    I swim at the Masters Level, but have never even placed.

    I have been thinking trying for Cologne 2010, but I will be 48 by then... and it all depends on my shoulder too.

    My partner wants to compete, as does a good friend of ours who has gone to several Gay Games.

    Who knows?

    R
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    Oct 28, 2007 1:34 AM GMT
    Volleyball would be cool, but I can't imagine I'd ever be able to do it.
  • tgkohn

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    Oct 28, 2007 2:41 AM GMT
    I competed in volleyball in GG III (San Francisco) and in cycling in GG IV (Vancouver BC).

    I was a team member of the Long Beach CA team, and we made it to the semifinals round. The team members were from all over the L.A. area, and just a few of us (if any) were from Long Beach. (It was just that we had our weekly scrimmages and drills there.)

    I competed from Dayton OH in cycling in 1990, and won a gold medal in the hill climb. Got a silver in the criterium, but that was more because I was one of the few in my age class--and there were many age classes, broken down into 5-year groups, if I remember it correctly.

    I planned to compete in cycling in GG V (New York), but a car hit me during a training race only a week before the games. I was in the hospital, planning to get out of critical care in time to compete in the team time trial... But that wasn't in the cards. It took me almost ten years to get back on the bike in any regular activity. Today, I commute almost daily by bike, and do some off-road pleasure riding.

    I'll never forget the emotion of being cheered by fans and competing among other excellent athletes that were also at the Games.

    Tom Kohn
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    Oct 28, 2007 3:10 AM GMT
    I'm planning to compete in the next games in Cologne in Physique. Not even sure how it will be organized. I've heard they can be different everytime they do the games but I'm very excited. By the time they come around I hope to have been competing for just shy of two years already.
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    Oct 28, 2007 2:36 PM GMT
    Pretty cool! Ever any push toward the Olympics?

    There are probably more guys on this site who've participated, I imagine, who just don't talk on the boards.
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    Oct 28, 2007 3:32 PM GMT
    When I first heard of Gay Games I said "Why do we need that?" Clearly one of the stupidest things I have ever said.

    I have participated in 5 Gay Games and hope to make it to Cologne. Being part of the Gay Games movement has made me a better person and a more active member of our community.

    Some Games I have come home with nothing more than my participation medal. Other Games have been an embarrassment of riches in the medal department. No matter the medal count I have come home with a wealth of experiences and friends.

    There are many Games participants on this site. Your turn...
  • DrStorm

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    Oct 28, 2007 4:06 PM GMT
    I participated in my first Gay Games last year in Chicago. I did the Sprint Triathlon and won a silver medal. Not only did I get a lot of encouragement from my boss and fellow work colleagues prior to the Games, but also afterwards.

    Since one had to get around Chicago on public transport a lot of the time the 12,000+ gay athletes and 80,000+ spectators were very in the "face" of ordinary Chicagoans. However, I have to tell you - no matter the race, sex or gender, the feedback was extremely positive - especially when I was wearing my silver medal that first day of competition and no-one had seen any medals and people were congratulating me - ordinary people who'd probably NEVER talk to me otherwise.

    Going out that night in Boystown with a medal around neck really was an amazing experience with the gay community really behind you and congratulating you and just very interested in everything about the Games.

    A lot of my friends from San Francisco and Florida attended the games, so not only did I have friends in Chicago, but friends from all over and I made a lot of new international friends.

    I have to tell you, you don't have to be "the best athlete on the planet" to participate, all I can say is PARTICIPATE - it was a week in my life I shall never forget and I will make every effort to get my Cologne, Germany for the next Gay Games in 2010.

    Even if you don't participate, go as a spectator. A few of my friends from DC who came to support me absolutely loved the whole event and want to participate themselves the next time!

    PEACE
    daWeatherMan

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    Oct 28, 2007 5:04 PM GMT
    I watched in NYC in 1994 when I was just a wee gay living in Manhattan, and then participated in Gay Games VII in Chicago in 2006. I loved it loved it loved it and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. I met a ton of interesting people from all over the world, got to spend a week exploring Chicago (such a cool city), and came back newly motivated. I still kick myself that I missed out on Sydney, but I'm definitely looking forward to Cologne.
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    Oct 28, 2007 9:08 PM GMT
    I was going to ask a bunch more questions, but, this site offers a lot of info.
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    Oct 29, 2007 3:49 AM GMT
    I've never participated and I'm interested in participating in the marathon event. They've started the pre-registration, but I wonder if the pre-registration is recommended to reserve a spot. Is marathon a popular event? Anyone?
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    Oct 29, 2007 11:01 AM GMT
    The Marathon tradityioanlly doesn't sell out. Also it tends to be on the last day of competition.

    Sports like swimming tend to sell out first.

    BTW there should be an open water swimming event at Games. If form holds true it will be at the beginning of the week. The marathon is usually on the last day of competition. Until the schedule is published nothing is for sure.
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    Oct 29, 2007 3:03 PM GMT
    Played Badminton at the Sydney Games 2002 - only managed to get to the 1/4 finals in the men's doubles for my category icon_sad.gif but i had enough oppotunities to console myself icon_lol.gif. The whole Gay Games experience was great, but now we have two international Gay Sports associations and arguably 2 sets of international mutli-sport events... but what the heck, more opportunity to play and have all kinds of fun. Missed out last year on Chicago and Montreal, but planning on hitting Copenhagen in 2009 for the Outgames and Cologne in 2010 for the Gay Games (both closer to home)icon_lol.gif

    Ohh i should add that for the Europeans (although i do know of several North Americans who have also attended) we have the Eurogames every year (except in the year of the Gay Games and now the Outgames). This is a much smaller event, but as badminton is such big sport on the gay sporting calendar, we are always one of the included sports and it tends to get full fairly quickly. Funnily enough have been more successful in the Eurogames (1 gold and 1 silver so far in different games), but just like the Gay Games you get to meet a great bunch of people - many of whom i am great friends with now. And as DrStorm says, if they have your sport, you don't have to be the best, just register and play, you are 99.99% guaranteed to have a great time - whether you win a medal or not.
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    Oct 29, 2007 9:20 PM GMT
    Link to Eurogames 2008 in Barcelona
    http://2008.eurogames.info/cms/index.php?/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/lang,en_EN/

  • muscleguy1

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    May 07, 2015 1:36 PM GMT
    y Games, didn't compete this time. I won gold and decided it was my Swan Song. I thought I looked horrible. Also competed in the Cologne Games and took silver, and in the Chicago games where I also took gold. The last one was the most fun as it was more collegiate.
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    May 07, 2015 1:54 PM GMT
    muscleguy1 saidy Games, didn't compete this time. I won gold and decided it was my Swan Song. I thought I looked horrible. Also competed in the Cologne Games and took silver, and in the Chicago games where I also took gold. The last one was the most fun as it was more collegiate.
    Wow! 87 and still participate in competitive sports? And still win? You're my hero! icon_biggrin.gif