02/10/2014 10:22 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

9 Reasons To Love Openly Gay Snowboarder Belle Brockhoff

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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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