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9 reasons to love openly gay snowboarder Belle Brockhoff

POLICY MIC
Sunday, February 9, 2014
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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.

She’ll be competing in the snowboard-cross at Sochi, but before you see her hit the slopes, here are nine great things about Belle that make her an athlete, and a person, worth watching.

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  1. My reason #1. Because she’s hot.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:21pm
  2. AGREED.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:21pm
  3. Mmhm

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:29pm
  4. And her accent. Unf <3

    Replied on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:28am
  5. Love her!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:22pm
  6. 1. She is a human being.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:22pm
  7. And she is just that… HOT!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:22pm
  8. NOT because she’s hot…because she’s great.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:23pm
  9. She is still hot.

    Replied on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:29pm
  10. And Great - both at the same time!

    Replied on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:20am
  11. Beautiful!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:24pm
  12. Um, basically because she’s freaking sexy, so…

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:25pm
  13. She’s awesome !

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:25pm
  14. Oh wow she is aweome and hawt!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:26pm
  15. You are awesome!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:26pm
  16. HER SEX PREFERENCES HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:27pm
  17. I’d like to give her a big hug.

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:31pm
  18. and she’s hot

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:33pm
  19. Love to hear people standing up for what’s right….. Love is love, no harm or hatred being caused by being gay so there should be no issue…… Well done to her

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:38pm
  20. She’s so hot!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:38pm
  21. not only is she hot but amazing as well :)

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:47pm
  22. So proud

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:47pm
  23. She’s cute!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:56pm
  24. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:58pm
  25. Excellent! We got your back…

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01am
  26. And they say to boycott it. Point proven that they need our support and they work all of this time to get to where their at.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:03am
  27. such a cutie!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:05am
  28. i don’t need a reason. And I love whom I choose.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:16am
  29. sexy

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:19am
  30. Anndddd she’s really hot.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:36am
  31. I’m not even watching the Olympics. And it’s all because of Putin.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:07am
  32. Go girl !!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:15am
  33. <333333

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:40am
  34. She’s awesome ( an quite cute )

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 3:21am
  35. Hey Aaron Davis what does not watch do for you? Not much but slaps all of the athletes gay and straight that have worked their whole for this that you aren’t going to support them because some ass hat mad a horrible law ,which they had nothing to do with,it tells them they aren’t worth supporting ,don’t let Putin win .

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 4:03am
  36. Lovin her

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 4:53am
  37. Dear friends! I am an activist in Russia. Help me find a resident of St. Louis! In order to convey greetings twin town in Russia! thank you in advance!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:31am
  38. We are meant to love one another.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:07am
  39. Reasons for me to love her: she snowboards (as do I) and she’s gay (as am I). I’ve always wanted a gf I can snowboard with! :P

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:38pm