openly gay snowboarder belle brockhoff makes olympics despite knee injury she is named to australias winter games team along with cross-country skier barbara jezersek. Gay snowboarder belle brockhoff says she will not wave a rainbow flag at sochi 2014 to avoid jeopardising her olympic dream. She wants to be called the fearless snowboarder but before her olympics debut shes better known as the gay snowboarder. in late january, kenworthy qualified for team usa, making him one of two openly gay men to compete for america at the winter olympics alongside figure skater adam rippon, who made the cut earlier. figure skater adam rippon and freestyle skier gus kenworthy are the first openly gay men to represent team usa at the winter olympic games. From the section winter olympics gay snowboarder belle brockhoff tells bbc sports ollie williams about her concerns over gay rights in russia and how she plans to protest. openly gay skier gus kenworthy qualifies for winter olympics he will again be a medal contender in slopestyle. 3 of the athletes at the winter olympics identify as gay or bisexual. Out of the 2,952 olympians competing in pyeongchang, korea, there are only nine who will be flying the rainbow flag. A dutch snowboarder is the first athlete to protest against russias anti-gay laws, at an olympic event in sochi yesterday. Cheryl maas, one of just six openly gay athletes at the games, made.