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Olympic Water Polo Player Comes Out Ahead of Rio Games

Olympic Water Polo Player Comes Out Ahead of Rio Games

Victor Gutierrez

Víctor Gutiérrez said he “felt a responsibility to share it with others.”

Move over, Tom Daley. There's a new out summer Olympic hopeful jumping in the pool.

Victor Gutierrez, 25, who plays on the Spanish water polo headed to Rio this summer, came out publicly as gay in an interview with Shangay magazine.

In his exclusive with the Spanish gay magazine, Gutierrez highlighted that he had come out to family and friends and felt ready to make the next step by going public. He also pointed to "70 homophobic attacks in Madrid so far this year" as part of his motivation for coming out.

The Catholic country has enjoyed marriage equality for more than a decade, but resistance remains from conservative groups who are against LGBT rights.

The Rio games will begin Aug. 5.

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