The last of our athletes remaining in individual competition -- openly gay Australian diver Matthew Mitcham -- failed to make it into medals contention in springboard diving yesterday. A sandy blond with a winsome expression that has appealed to gay men around the world, Mitcham admitted to some nerves, which led to his ranking 16th out of 18 divers. But he's hoping to rebound in the platform diving, his best event. Fans can go to his website and send him a message of support.
However, our lesbian and bi women on several teams are gunning for medals at top gear.
Tomorrow, August 20th, the U.S. softball team plays Japan in semi-finals. That means hitter/second baseman Vicki Galindo (who is bi) and infield catcher Lauren Lappin (lesbian). So far our softball team has proven so dominating, so revealing of the lack of development still hampering this women's sport internationally, that at least two Beijing games have been stopped as per the "mercy ruling" and awarded to the Americans. Our chances for gold are good...though another mercy ruling wouldn't be the ideal way to win it.
August 21st will be a big day -- the women's soccer gold-medal match between Brazil and the U.S. This should be a helluva game. Our Natasha Kai has proven herself a valuable player, scoring the winning point in the match with Canada. The other night she got her own news segment on the beach, where NBC cameras found her showing off those all-over tattoos of hers. In Beijing she's now famous as the Painted Lady.
Also on the 21st, handball semi-finals feature Norway v. South Korea. Norway has lesbian team captain Gro Hammerseng and her partner Katya Nyberg.
Sad to say -- women's softball has been dropped from the Olympic program for London 2012 -- news that will bring a tear to the cheek of every diehard community softball player of any age. But there's always the future, and the game may be pried back onto the program for Chicago 2016.
Anyone who doesn't catch TV broadcasts of these events on the many NBC-owned channels that are broadcasting, can easily locate schedules and results at www.nbcolympics.com.