If American Olympic hopeful and total babe Josh Dixon
joins his fellow athletes in London for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, he will be a part of the small but growing number of openly gay athletes at the event
Dixon was outed by Stanford teammates when he started dating another athlete and they asked him about the relationship, though he says they were all very positive about it.
Although one might assume gymnastics is a stereotypically gay sport, if Dixon were to attend, he would be the first openly gay gymnast at the Olympics. In a similar situation, American Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, despite a great deal of (often derogatory) media speculation, didn’t openly identify as gay until 2011. Gay athletes often fear they will be treated differently by teammates and sponsors and opt to stay in the closet because of this.