Michelle Obama is among the athletes, celebrities and dignitaries lending support to Michael Sam after the Missouri All-American and NFL prospect announced that he is gay.
Wust claimed a speedskating gold medal at her third straight Winter Olympics, knocking off defending champion Martina Sablikova in the 3,000 meters Sunday. That made the Netherlands 2-for-2 at Adler Arena, the world’s dominant speedskating nation living up to his billing through the first weekend in Sochi. Wust became the first openly gay athlete to win a medal at the Sochi Games.
Jason Collins rattled the status quo Monday by becoming the first openly gay athlete in any of the four major American sports. The 24 hours that have followed the landmark announcement have served as a litmus test for society’s reaction when a superstar athlete follows in his footsteps.