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This Married Lesbian Couple Just Became The First Athletes To Jointly Win Olympic Gold

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh celebrate the Team GB hockey team's victory.
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Congratulations to Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, the first married lesbian couple to become the first in Olympic history to jointly win an Olympic gold medal.

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Part of the GB Hockey team, Kate and Helen played in the winning match against the Netherlands, which led to Team GB winning gold.

The match went to penalties before the team took the lead to win 2-0 against the Netherlands.

The two-team GB hockey players spoke of their pride after becoming the first same-sex married couple to make it to an Olympic final together.

Kate Richardson- Walsh, the team captain, said it would be a “really special” moment to stand on the podium next to her wife Helen.

The pair recently became the first married couple to play together on the same team at the Olympics, and now make history as the first married couple (since 1900) to win medals on the same team.

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Defying the odds, skipper Kate, 36, retired in 2014 but decided to make a comeback for Rio, whilst Helen is competing despite two lots of back surgery in 12 months.

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On winning she said,

To win an Olympic medal is special. To win an Olympic medal with your wife there next to you, taking a penalty in the pressure moments is so special. We will cherish this for the rest of our lives.”

Now 36, Kate confirmed “100%” that it would be her final GB appearance.

I will retire as a reigning European champion with England and an Olympic champion with Great Britain.”

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In past interview, the pair said that they want their sexuality and relationship to be seen as “a normal thing.

We’re not out there shouting it, it’s just part and parcel of who we are.”

Helen added:

If you are really open about it, people say, ‘Why do you make such a big deal about it?’

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