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Thursday 10 November 2016

Meet your NZ queer Olympians

Posted in: People
By - 5th August 2016

This year there are 43 out athletes competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, three of these athletes are New Zealanders.

Katie Duncan
Football Ferns

Katie Duncan
Katie was injured during a knock to the hip on Thursday during the opening round game at the Olympic Games women's tournament against the United States. The Football Ferns lost against the current world champions, 2-0.

The Football Ferns next match is against Colombia on Saturday.

The 28-year-old has played for New Zealand at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She currently plays for FC Zurich and is the wife former Football Ferns player Priscilla Duncan.

Katie is currently sporting a shaved head and took the plunge in an effort to raise money for True Colours Children’s Health Trust, an organisation that supports children who are seriously ill.

You can follow her on Twitter to see updates of her journey in Rio.

Robbie Manson

Robbie Manson
Having won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships, this will be the second Olympic Games for the 26-year-old. Robbie competed in the men's quad at the London Olympics in 2012.

Coming out in 2014, Robbie says he struggled for years with his sexuality but it didn't change who he is.

Robbie will compete in the Men's Double Scull at the Rio Olympics with rowing partner Chris Harris.

You can follow him on Twitter for updates during his time in Rio.

Linda Villumsen

Linda Villumsen
Road cyclist Linda Villumsen is one of New Zealand's gold medal contenders,
the current world time trial champion, Rio will be her third Olympic Games.

The 31-year-old Danish born athlete became a New Zealand citizen in 2009 after time here on an exchange led to her falling in love with the country.

She won gold in time trial at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and silver at the 2010 Games.

Linda's partner, retired cyclist Emma Trott has been a vocal supporter of hers, and following her Commonwealth win tweeted: "I am simply the proudest person right now! @LVillumsen makes me proud every day and I'm very happy to have you as my partner!"
Linda will be competing in the road race and time trial events.

Follow her on Twitter for updates.

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- 5th August 2016