Meet Belle Brockhoff, the Australian snowboarder and LGBTQ activist

Feb. 15, 2018

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Belle Brockhoff is kind of a badass.

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Ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Australian snowboarder came out on national television in protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

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She is also a member of Principle 6, a group of athletes formed to promote LGBT inclusion.

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Brockhoff is back at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and is once again using the world stage as a platform — this time for other injured athletes.

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In March, Brockhoff tore her ACL during a run. She returned to the snow by December, but then crashed again during a race in Val Thorens, France.

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She recovered in time to travel to Pyeongchang, where she said she hopes to represent not just herself and her country, but also her fellow injured athletes.

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We have this unique opportunity as athletes to inspire others from a world stage, especially at the Olympics...

— Belle Brockhoff to Mic

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where we don’t just represent ourselves but our country, our family, friends and people we don’t even know.

— Belle Brockhoff to Mic

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Brockhoff will complete in the snowboard cross on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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