Stories From the Rio Olympic Games that Warmed Our Hearts

A record number of out athletes participated in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, marking a huge step forward for the LGBTQ community. As HRC commends these stellar athletes on their incredible athletic achievements over the last two weeks, there were also a few off-the-field stories that warmed our hearts.
  1. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the 2016 Olympics.
  2. Nike Ad Features Trans Athlete
    Nike released and prominently featured a powerful new ad throughout the Olympics starring transgender duathlete Chris Mosier. A member of Team USA for the 2016 World Championships, Mosier became the first trans athlete to quality for a U.S. national team. Following a series of questions such as, “How did you know you’d be fast enough? and “How did you know the team would accept you?” the ad ends with two powerful words that embody Mosier and his accomplishments: Unlimited courage.
  3. Put a Ring On It
    After the Brazil women’s rugby team won its ninth-place match over Japan, Brazilian player Isadora Cerullo was in for quite the surprise. Marjorie Enya, Cerullo’s partner and a manager at Deodoro Stadium where Olympic rugby competition took place, grabbed a microphone and delivered an emotional speech before proposing to Cerullo on the field in front of a cheering crowd.
  4. A Few Days Later…
    British race walker Tom Bosworth finished sixth in the 20 kilometer walking event, though the highlight of his week was probably what took place after his race. On the popular Copacabana Beach in Rio, Bosworth got down on one knee and proposed to his boyfriend Harry Dineley.
  5. I Dedicate This Victory to My Beloved
    Italy’s Rachele Bruni captured second place in the women’s 10 km swimming marathon, making history for Italian athletes shortly thereafter. With a silver medal around her neck, Bruni said, “I dedicate this victory to my family, my coach and my beloved, who have followed and supported me.” Bruni was referring to girlfriend Diletta Faina, who traveled to Rio. According to Yahoo! Sports, Italian media reported that Bruni was the first Italian athlete to openly acknowledge her sexuality.