Here are 3 Olympic couples who will be competing on the same team in Tokyo

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07/15/2021

A record number of out LGBTQ athletes are heading to Tokyo, and naturally, that means several Olympic couples will be making the trip together. We’ve seen same-sex couples compete on the same Olympic team before. Back in 2016, Helen Richardson-Walsh and Kate Richardson-Walsh of Great Britain became the first married couple to accomplish the feat, and won gold. The Danish badminton team of Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytte also competed in Rio while coupled, and took home silver medals. This year, we’ve counted three couples who will be on the same team, and it’s possible there are even more. If we’ve missed any, please let us know! Megan Jones and Celia Quansah (Team Great Britain) – These two ruggers and teammates never explicitly announced their relationship. Instead, they just started sharing pictures of each other on Instagram, and the response was incredible. Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud (Team Netherlands) – This will be the second time these two gay partners will compete together in equestrian for the Netherlands in pursuit of Olympic gold. They were on the same team in Rio, and finished fourth. Sarah Jones and Leah Wilkinson (Team Great Britain) – These field hockey players have been public as a couple for eight years, which they attribute to the inclusive culture of their sport.

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