Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010

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    Apr 14, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    It might seem like a ways off, but the Gay Games in Cologne will come sooner than you think. With registration launching in less than 3 months, now's the time to start the planning. So I figured I'd start a thread for the 2010 Gay Games and then post a couple of items that are going out the public.

    Kevin Boyer
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    Apr 14, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
    Sailing and Field Hockey Added to Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010

    Cologne, Germany – Cologne’s Gay Games organizers announced today that Sailing and Field Hockey have been added to the Sports Program for Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010. By placing the sailing regatta in The Netherlands, the 2010 Gay Games will be the first where competition will take place in more than one country.

    July 31 to August 7, 2010 some 12,000 participants from more than 70 countries will travel to Germany’s Rhine Valley when Cologne hosts the Gay Games VIII Sports & Cultural Festival. Sporting events ranging from soccer and beach volleyball to billiards, dancing, softball and figure skating will take place. Pre-registration for all sports is now open with full registration scheduled to launch July 1, 2008.

    Both sailing and field hockey have a historic presence in previous Gay Games having been contested in Chicago in 2006 and Sydney in 2002. “There were so many requests for sailing and field hockey that we decided to include them as well,” said Annette Wachter, managing director of Games Cologne.

    The sailing regatta will be held in the Netherlands, about an hour’s drive from Cologne. “Sailing will be offered on the Maas Lakes near Roermond, the Netherlands – a world-renowned sailing area where the region’s best crews train and compete,” Wachter said. “There will be a shuttle service bringing the sailors to the Maas Lakes and back to Cologne.” The regatta will conform to international standards, and all results will be official and accredited internationally. Demand for sailing is expected to be high; Chicago’s 2006 sailing regatta was the first sport to fill up.

    The second new sports event, a field hockey tournament, will take place at Muengersdorf Sportpark in Cologne, directly adjacent to RheinEnergie Stadium. Sixteen teams will face off against one another. Teams from Australia (men) and The Netherlands (women) are defending Gold Medallists from the Sydney 2002 Gay Games.

    About Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010
    Between July 31 and August 7, 2010 the Gay Games VIII Sports & Cultural Festival will take place in Cologne, Germany. As many as 12,000 participants from more than 70 countries will take part in this quadrennial sport and cultural event. More than 46,000 guests are expected for the Opening Ceremony at the RheinEnergie Stadium in Cologne, home of the famous Cologne Soccer Club. Forty-percent (40%) of the 34 sports disciplines will take place at Cologne’s 135-acre renowned Müngersdorfer Sportpark with all other sports (except sailing) occurring within 20 minutes of the centre of Cologne. A 2,000-year old city with its roots in the Roman era, Cologne is now one of Europe’s most dynamic cities and is recognized for its sports and culture as well as its tolerance. Pre-registration for Gay Games VIII is now open at (English) and (German). Full registration will launch July 1, 2008.

    The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982 with 1,350 participants. Subsequent Gay Games have been held in San Francisco (1986; 3,500 participants), Vancouver (1990; 7,300 participants), New York (1994; 12,500 participants), Amsterdam (1998; 13,000 participants), Sydney (2002; 11,000 participants) and Chicago (2006, 11,500 participants). The Federation of Gay Games is the international governing body that perpetuates the quadrennial Gay Games and promotes the event's founding principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™. For more information, visit
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    Apr 15, 2008 12:36 AM GMT
    For all you guys participating. I'll be rooting for you all... icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 23, 2008 7:12 PM GMT
    There's a great article in this week's Windy City Times (Chicago) about the planning for the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne. The author - Ross Forman - is a sports reporter whose work has appeared in USA Today, SI, ESPN the Magazine, and a lot of major media. He did a great series of articles during the Gay Games in Chicago.

    Link is here:
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    Apr 23, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    I am definitely going to 2010. I missed the last games and am really looking forward to the experience.

    Anyone need a roomie?
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    May 15, 2008 8:51 PM GMT
    The Federation of Gay Games has announced a new Gay Games Ambassador - an Australian Cyclist who is an Olympic Medalist. The press release in PDF form is on the FGG website at Text is below.

    Michelle Ferris, Cycling World and Olympic Silver Medalist, Named Gay Games Ambassador

    Federation of Gay Games names elite Australian athlete to join international roster of sports and cultural stars promoting the quadrennial Gay Games

    (San Francisco – 15 May 200icon_cool.gif Australian Michelle Ferris, one of cycling’s all-time sprint stars with multiple world and Olympic medals to her credit, has been selected by the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) to be the newest Gay Games Ambassador, an international group of prominent individuals supporting the Gay Games.

    The eighth edition of the quadrennial Gay Games takes place in Cologne, Germany 31 July to 10 August 2010.

    “I relish the opportunity to be a Gay Games Ambassador”, said Ferris. “The Gay Games provide a unique opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes and artists from around the world to come together in celebration. By highlighting our sporting and cultural achievements under the three Gay Games principles of ‘Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best’, we have the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments in a safe and supportive environment.”

    Ferris’ 20-year cycling career peaked with a series of silver medals in the sprint and 500 metre time trials at the Olympic games in 1996 and 2000 and at the UCI World Cycling Championships from 1997-1999. She captured her country’s heart at Sydney’s 2000 Olympics when, after finishing in the runner-up position in the sprint to her perennial rival Felicia Ballanger of France, she said it didn’t matter because the most important thing was that she’d set a new personal best.

    After retiring from the rigors of full-time cycling training and traveling, Ferris climbed back on her bike for the competitive yet less pressure-packed 13th UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships held in 2007 in Sydney. She won gold in both the sprint and 500 m. time trials in the 30-39 age category and added a third gold in the 12.5 km. points race for ages 30-44.

    Today, Ferris sees her athletic accomplishments as a way to bring attention to other important issues, such as those epitomized by the Gay Games.

    “Until we have full legal and societal equality”, stated Ferris, “gays and lesbians, especially those with a public profile, should come out. Elite athletes have the responsibility and the honour of serving as role models for the LGBT community, and we can do this by living our lives proudly”.

    The Gay Games Ambassadors represent a broad range of achievement in sports, the arts, business and government. Michelle Ferris joins an illustrious roster that includes: from the U.K., musician Sir Elton John, world power lifting gold medallist Chris Morgan, and former National Basketball Association player Jon Amaechi; from South Africa, Olympic beach volleyball player Leigh Ann Naidoo; from Germany, world and Olympic champion cyclists Petra Rössner and Judith Arndt; from Australia, world champion trampoline gymnast Ji Wallace; and, from the U.S., tennis legend Billie Jean King, Olympic gold medal diver Greg Louganis, Olympic gold medal swimmer Bruce Hayes, champion figure skater Rudy Galindo, rock star Melissa Etheridge, former U.S. Ambassador James Hormel, former Major League Baseball player Billy Bean, former National Football League players David Kopay and Esera Tuaolo, actors Judith Light and Amanda Bearse, and photographer Tom Bianchi.

    “The selection of Michelle Ferris to be a Gay Games Ambassador is the FGG's way of recognizing her contributions to the international sport and culture community as a world champion, an Olympic medallist and an elite cyclist”, said Kate Rowe, Sydney-based FGG board member and Vice President for Diversity. “We feel truly honoured that Michelle Ferris has accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for the Gay Games”.

    Ferris and the other Gay Games Ambassadors will promote the upcoming Gay Games VIII around the world at sporting events and public gatherings in collaboration with the FGG. Although retired from elite competitions, Ms. Ferris continues participating in Masters cycling events and is looking forward to competing at her first Gay Games in Cologne.

    For information on how to sponsor or participate in Gay Games VIII, visit For information concerning sponsors of the Federation of Gay Games, go to
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    Jun 25, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    Sport Shooting Added to Sports Program at Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010
    Popular Olympic and German sport becomes 34th and final sport offered at Gay Games VIII

    Cologne, Germany – Gay Games VIII organizers in Cologne, Germany, announced today that Sport Shooting has been added to the official Sports Program for Gay Games VIII Sports & Cultural Festival. Extremely popular in the host country of Germany, this will mark the first time that any shooting sport has been offered in the history of the Gay Games.

    Air Rifle (10 meter) and Air Pistol (10 meter), both sport shooting disciplines offered in the Olympic Games, will be fired at the Cologne Gay Games in 2010. Air Rifle and Air Pistol disciplines will be offered for both men and women. Consistent with international rules, women will fire 40 rating shots in a period of 75 minutes while men will fire 60 shots within 105 minutes. Shots are fired standing free-hand, with the athletes standing without leaning and artificial support. Official rules and schedule will be posted at

    "We received many requests to add sport shooting," said Games Cologne Sports Director Karl-Heinz Schmitz. “We were surprised at how many lesbian and gay athletes, especially in Germany, wanted us to include the sport at Gay Games VIII. Assured of demand, we have added the sport.” The German Shooters Federation (Deutscher Schützenbund/DSB) is the fourth largest German sports association with 1.6 million members and almost 15,000 local shooting clubs. Sport shooting is extremely popular in other parts of Europe.

    Sports Shooting completes the sports program for Gay Games VIII, now to include 34 sports: Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Billiards, Bodybuilding, Bowling, Chess, Cycling, Dance Sport, Diving, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Golf, Handball, Ice Hockey, Inline Speed Skating, Martial Arts, Powerlifting, Road Races including Marathon, Sailing, Soccer (Football), Softball, Sport Climbing, Sport Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling.
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    Apr 13, 2010 1:30 PM GMT
    Gay Games Cologne just (finally!) provided email access to local (city/state) and event (sport) organizers, so if you're signed up and wondering why you hadn't heard from anyone... you should hear from them soon.
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    Jun 17, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    anyone racing triathlon????
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    Jun 18, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    for about 2 seconds i thought this was about perfume...
    sorry.. :p
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    Jul 09, 2010 9:09 AM GMT
    DJBens77 saidI am definitely going to 2010. I missed the last games and am really looking forward to the experience.

    Anyone need a roomie?

    I will go here this summer.. Could you add my contact
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    Jul 09, 2010 1:47 PM GMT
    (A blank profile from China with 1 post?!)

    Kevin isn't on RJ much - last in 2008. Rather than expecting him (or anyone else) to email you, go to this website:
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    who all is going to the gay games?

    I just bought a plane ticket.... but i didn't register in time to actually compete in anything.
    so I'll just have to sit and watch the hot athletes. oh well.