Openly Gay Gymnast Joshua Dixon Looking Toward Olympic Trails

I have always enjoyed individual sports over team sports.  Maybe its because I like the more personal focus it allows, or maybe because my ADHD doesn’t let me focus on too many people at once.  Whatever the reason, swimming, track and field, MMA, gymnastics… those are some of my favorites to watch.

That’s why I look forward to to the Olympics.  For a few weeks, I get to watch the best athletes in the world competing in sports I don’t usually get to see on a regular basis.  One of my favorite sports to watch is gymnastics.  I think I am drawn to watch things that are out of my reach, and gymnastics embodies that perfectly.  I am not all that strong, I am not very fast, I am clumsy, and I am deathly afraid of heights.  Watching a gymnast fly through the air or perform some amazing feat of strength and balance fills me with awe.

I read an article a few weeks ago about Joshua Dixon.  He is a Stanford grad with hopes of making the Olympic team this year.  What was striking was the universal positive reception he got from his teammates as well as the gymnastics community when he came out.  The world is certainly changing.  Joshua Dixon is not a gay athlete, he’s an athlete that is gay.   If he does make the team, it would make him the first openly gay Olympic gymnast for the US.

Check out these clips of his skills at the 2012 Visa Championships happening this weekend.  Dixon finished fifth in the vault and high bars, and he tied for seventh in the floor exercise after the first day.  He’s an amazing athlete – I hope he makes the team and shows the world what an out athlete can do!


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