Rafaela Silva, a Brazillian judo athlete, has publicly come out as gay becoming one of the record-breaking 48 openly LGBT athletes in Rio.
Silva, who became the first Brazilian to win a gold medal in women’s judo at Rio, came out during an interview with Globo Sports. She opened up about her relationship with her partner of three years Thamara Cezar.
Silva, 24, told Globo Sports the pair own three dogs together and she is thankful for Cezar’s support while she trained for the Olympics.
“She was there every day and knew how I was feeling, when I was sick when I wasn’t,” Silva told Globo Sports. “Everything I needed, she was there to do it, so she is also very important in this victory.”
While Silva has never publicly declared her sexuality until now, her Instagram account is filled with pictures of the couple.