German Cyclist Judith Arndt Becomes First Out Lesbian to Medal at London Olympics

German Cyclist Judith Arndt became the first out lesbian to medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she won a silver medal in the time trials. American Kristin Armstrong won the gold medal in the event and Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia won the bronze,
By: Tracy E. Gilchrist
August 02 2012 3:02 PM

German Cyclist Judith Arndt became the first out lesbian to medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she won a silver medal in the time trials. American Kristin Armstrong won the gold medal in the event and Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia won the bronze, according to Cycling News.com.

"I'm really happy with the silver medal. Of course my goal was to win gold, but if you would have asked me yesterday I would have named Kristin [Armstrong] as favorite for today. So I'm not surprised,” Arndt said

Arndt and Armstrong embrace following the time trials. 

Earlier this week Arndt finished 37 out of 40 in the Women’s Road Race. Regarding that placement she told Cycling News “I put my focus on every race. I gave everything in the road race: we missed the break and I gave it all to try and get them back for Ina [Teutenberg], because I really believed in her that she could be Olympic champion. Today was a new race, and in two days it will be another new race and I will give everything again, all the same.”

Arndt, one of 23 openly gay athletes participating in the London Olympics, according to Out Sports, has participated in every summer Olympics since 1996, making this her 5th time at the games. 

Images via Getty. 

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