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Thursday 10 November 2016

Meet the LGBTI Rio Paralympians

Posted in: People
By - 1st September 2016

With less than a week before the Paralympics kick off in Rio, we take a look at the openly queer Paralympians getting set to compete.

Jen Armbruster
Sport: Goalball

Seven-time Paralympian, Armbruster is a three-time medalist, having won gold in Beijing in 2008, silver in Athens in 2004 and bronze in Sydney in 2000.

Armbruster began loosing her eyesight at age 14 and has no central vision.

She is married to USA teammate Asya Miller and the couple will compete together this year.

Asya Miller
Sport: Goalball

Five-time Paralympian, Miller was named Female Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee in 2001. She has competed in a variety of sports throughout her life and won a bronze medal in discus at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney.

She was diagnosed with Juvenile Macular Degeneration or Stargardt’s disease in the 11th grade and is legally blind.

Angela Madsen
Sport: Track and Field

Madsen has competed at past Paralympics in both the rowing and track and field. In 2012 she won her first Paralympic medal, winning bronze in the shot put.

She was the only person in the world, male or female, to complete four ocean rowing crossings of three oceans and to have rowed a circumnavigation of Great Britain and runs a non-profit adaptive rowing program in California.

Madsen publicly came out as a lesbian in 1981.

Lee Pearson
Great Britain
Sport: Equestrian

Having won ten gold medals across the four last Paralympics in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events.

Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 New Years honours "for services to Equestrianism and to Disabled Sport” and and to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours "for services to Equestrianism and to Disabled Sport".

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- 1st September 2016