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10 notable athletes who came out of the closet

Jai Prakash

Sportspersons across the globe are always under scrutiny by the media and the people at large for their performances. Athletes lead two kinds of lives in such a scenario. One, a public life and the other a personal life where they tend to keep their feelings away from people's glare. It takes immense courage for any athlete to come out of the closet and announce their sexual orientation in front of the whole world.Ian Thorpe, a 5-time Olympic gold medallist Australian swimmer revealed he is gay on Channel 10 recently. Several athletes from around the world supported the choice he had made.Let us take a look at other notable athletes who came out in public.

#10 Megan Rapinoe

Megan helped the American women’s soccer team win gold at the 2012 London Olympics. She scored four goals and had four assists in the tournament. 

On July 2, 2012, Rapinoe came out as a lesbian in an interview with Out magazine. Rapinoe confirmed that she has been dating Australian soccer player Sarah Walsh since 2009.

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