The Russian team have been competing in 6 types of sports (figure skating, basketball, volleyball, badminton, track and field, swimming) at Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010. Out of 10,000 participants of the distinctive gay "Olympics," around 100 athletes were from Russia.
For the first time in history of the Gay Games, a Russian citizen won the first place. This was the world-famous figure skater, Konstantin Yablotskiy. He is returning to Moscow with 2 medals - a Gold in Compulsory Dance Solo and a Silver in Solo Skating.
In 2008 the Arkhangelsk native Yablotskiy became the world champion in amateur figure skating. In all, he has 43 medals and 8 eight trophies. The night before the games, Konstantin Yablotskiy successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations on the victory and the thesis!
The women’s basketball team "Businki" from St Petersburg is the largest of the delegations of Russian athletes numbering 13 people in all. According to the team’s captain Yelena, 80% of the girls are lesbian. "But in Petersburg, we don’t have people that make a fuss about it, and we do not position ourselves as a lesbian sports team. People who know about it come to us to train and those who don’t know find out about it after the fact. But no one has left as a result of there being lots of lesbians in the team," emphasized Yelena, the Deutsche Welle quotes her as saying.
"Businki," a women’s amateur team, was formed in August 2009. The team successfully participated in a number of tours at various levels throughout cities in both Russia and abroad. Girls from the team "Businki" previously played in the Petersburg team "A-Mega", which participated in many LGBT-specific competitions over the past 5 years.
Tomorrow, Cologne will host the closing ceremony of Gay Games VIII, which were held under the motto "Be part of it!" The sexual orientation of the athletes participating doesn't make a distinction, as gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and heterosexuals all took part in the sporting event.
Entry into the competition for nearly all of the sports was free, with the exception of Bodybuilding, DanceSport and Figure Skating. A pointedly tolerant coverage of the games was filmed by the tv station NTV.
Translated by Timothy Grishin