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9 Reasons To Love Openly Gay Snowboarder Belle Brockhoff

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image) Belle Brockhoff of Australia poses during a portrait session on June 21, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Brockhoff is aiming to qualify for the Australian Winter Olympic Team in the Snowboard Cross event for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) | Ryan Pierse via Getty Images

Sometimes called "Australia's most vocal athlete about Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws in the lead up to the Winter Olympics," Belle Brockhoff is an Olympic snowboarder and a gay person. But what's interesting about Brockhoff is that while she recognizes that both are important parts of her life that intersect in many ways, she doesn't let one define the other. Yes, she's a gay athlete, but she's also just an athlete — a world-class one — and wants to be respected as such. She's very active on Facebook and Twitter, and has joined multiple campaigns as an advocate for gay rights.

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