Openly lesbian Olympic champion waved her country’s flag during the Olympic Games closing ceremony

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Kate Richardson-Walsh of Great Britain holds the flag after being named closing ceremony flagbearer for Team GB on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Kate Richardson-Walsh who recently made history becoming the first married lesbian to win an Olympic gold alongside her wife Helen proudly waved British flag during the closing ceremony. Following the historic victory, Richardson-Walsh was selected for the honour of carrying the UK’s flag during last night’s Closing Ceremony. She followed in the footsteps of Andy Murray, who carried the flag during the Opening Ceremony in Rio.

Richardson-Walsh said: “I feel incredibly proud to have been chosen. There are so many athletes here who have achieved great things in Rio and I’m incredibly surprised and excited to carry the flag. I’m very aware of the magnitude of this honour having been part of this magnificent team who have just excelled in so many ways and in so many sports. There are so many fantastic multi-Olympians and multi-medallists here I feel it’s such a huge honour for me and for hockey as a sport. I’ve had such a fantastic Games. If you could write a movie script with a fairy tale ending then this would be it. However much you talk about working hard and believing that your dreams will come true, when it actually happens you still have to pinch yourself. It’s just been an amazing few weeks here. What the whole team has done here has been infectious. The professionalism, attention to detail and real British spirit that every athlete has brought to their performances has culminated in this record-breaking achievement. It’s just the most special and supportive place to be. I will certainly miss it and hope it is an environment that will continue for many Olympic Games to come.” Head of the Team GB delegation Mark England said: “To captain the team to a first women’s hockey gold is an incredible achievement and befits a remarkable Games for Team GB.There is no one more fitting than Kate to lead Team GB into the closing ceremony in what has been the greatest British sporting triumph of all time.”

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