You can add another Olympic medal winner for Team LGBTQ+ at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as Australian soccer star Sam Kerr confirmed with a post to Instagram she is in a relationship with Kristie Mewis of Team USA.
The pair had been rumored to be an item for some time, especially after Mewis was seen comforting Kerr with a hug after Team USA defeated Team Australia for the bronze medal at the just-finished Summer Olympics. But Kerr made their relationship officially public with a simple post to Instagram.
The pair were fresh off competing against each other in the bronze medal game. Mewis and Team USA came away with a hard-fought 4-3 victory to take home the medal, but Mewis’s victory left Kerr and Team Australia without a medal and heartbroken at the loss.
Mewis saw Kerr sitting dejected on the pitch after the game, so she came over and gave her a loving and comforting embrace in consolation. The heartwarming moment was captured by photographers and noted by internet sleuths who had been tracking the couple’s public flirtations on social media. One intrepid user posted an entire thread to Twitter noting various times the two have commented like two persons who are more than just friends and competitors.
One post in particular pulled back the curtain on their relationship.
“Winning looks good on you,” Mewis commented.
“You look good on me,” Kerr responded.
With the victory, the total of Team LGBTQ+ medal-winning athletes grew to at least 55, and added another member to the triple crown medal sweep of gold, silver, and bronze in women’s soccer in Tokyo. Mewis joins out Team USA players Tierna Davidson, Adrianna Franch, Kelley O’Hara, and Megan Rapinoe in winning the bronze. The silver was taken home by Team Sweden with out players Magdalena Eriksson, Lina Hurtig, Hedvig Lindahl, and Caroline Seger. The gold was taken home by Team Canada and out players Quinn, Kadeisha Buchanan, Stephanie Labbe, Erin McLeod, and Keilen Sheridan. Quinn made history at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as well, becoming the first out trans athlete to medal in the Olympics.