South African Archer, Karen Hultzer, Comes Out During Olympics

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Last week, SB Nation published an article about the number of openly gay athletes starring in the London 2012 Olympics. Twenty-one in total, the list of athletes and coaches who are publicly out during this year’s summer competition is more than at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the Athens 2004 Olympics. Despite the progress, this is still a relatively low number and proves that most athletes are not comfortable coming-out to the world just yet. But for one athlete, her openly gay life-style has never been an issue (or that much of a secret) at all. Karen Hultzer, the only South African Archer this year, confirmed her sexual orientation to SB Nation this week, one week after the original article was published. SB Nation did not include her on the list of openly gay athletes because she did not confirm her sexual identity until now. Originally Hultzer did not want the extra attention from the media, fearful that it might be distracting during the competition. However, once she found out that her partner already “outed” her to Mamba Online, she told SB Nation to “go wild.”

Read more about Hultzer after the jump…

After confirming her sexual orientation, the South African Archer made her first statement to Outsports.

“I am an archer, middle aged and a lesbian. I am also cranky before my first cup of coffee. None of these aspects define who I am, they are simply part of me. I am fortunate that my sexual identity is not an issue, and I don’t suffer the level of discrimination and violence that black lesbians in South Africa do. I look forward to the day when this is a non-issue and as relevant as my eye color or favorite sushi,” Says Hultzer. As of Monday, Hultzer was eliminated from the competition, after losing to Pia Lionetti of Italy, 6-2. []

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