Played Badminton at the Sydney Games 2002 - only managed to get to the 1/4 finals in the men's doubles for my category
but i had enough oppotunities to console myself
. 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)
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.