LGBT Olympians digest 2018. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz


Daniela Iraschko-Stolz is a ski jumper representing Austria in the Winter Olympic Games 2018 in South Korea. These Olympics are the second in her career, she has been competing in the Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and by then she had already been an out lesbian, she and her wife Isabel had been married for a year by then. Growing up in Eisenerz in Austria’s deep Erzberg valley, she has always known that ski jumping is her true vocation and did not believe anyone who tried to convince her that this sport was not for girls. “We were a clique. Although I was the only girl when we started together in Eisenerz, it was always a good fit. It is easier to start ski jumping when a jump is right next door. You get to thinking about it no matter if you are a girl or a boy,” she told Reuters about female ski jumpers before her first Olympics in Sochi. She does not want to follow stereotypes and hide herself, her personal happiness is moore important for her than other people’s opinions. It is untypical to be a female ski jumper, it is untypical to be an out lesbian Olympian in such country as Austria. But Daniela has never had a goal to fit the standards – she is who she is, and she is happy and successful.


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