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Josh Dixon Bio-A Gymnast

Josh Dixon Bio-A Gymnast

Josh Dixon is an aspiring Olympian for the Summer games in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Josh is a gymnast also opening gay, one of the first openly gay athletes. Josh had started in gymnastics because he had two older sisters. He would try the acrobatics in the backyard that he saw his sisters doing in gymnastic practice. I started in a beginner class and one of the team coaches spotted me from there. They all pretty much did every sport through high school, but something about gymnastics stuck. Josh came out in 2012, he said in an article back in early 2016 that coming out was necessary in accepting who he was and he couldn’t grow as a person, in and outside the sporting world, unless I did so. Josh went on to say that it wasn’t really a question of where he was in his gymnastic career, but more or less a decision to be a role model and to say, You know, it’s okay to be yourself, and to be yourself in the sporting world.” Josh was talking to an old teammate from Stanford and the teammate brought up the fact that Josh was in a very unique position being in a U.S. national team member in a very recognizable Summer Games sport. The teammate said “Now that you’re out to your close friends, you’re in a very powerful position to break down barriers, especially in sports and within gymnastics.” Josh the realized that he has an obligation, a responsibility to anybody struggling with similar battles, to say that it’s okay to be un-apologetically yourself. Josh points out that he has been very accepted and receives the utmost support from the sporting world, the LGBT community, his friends, and family. Recognizing that the environment in which he lives and trains allowed for nothing but support. But he also can see that someone else’s scenario could be completely different, so he does not shy away from being that supportive voice, public advocate in this arena, and he can only hope to lend a inspiring example to somebody else. Josh says his number one motivation force to follow through with his rigorous schedule and compete is the Olympic games. He says there is obviously so much gymnastics outside the Olympics, but reaching the highest level of what I want to do, in and out of the gym, drives me to push myself everyday. He also loves tennis and can hold his own on the court; he likes any political drama or comedy; Sister Act 1 and 2; any od school music (Aretha, Sam Cooke, Teddy Pendergrass, Steve Wonder, Ray Charles, and the list goes on). Resources: Jess Steinbach, Gymnast Josh Dixon on Why It’s Important to Be an Out Athlete, OUT Magazine, March 31, 2016 http://www.out.com/sports/2016/3/31/gymnast-josh-dixon-why-its-important-be-out-athlete Jerry Portwood, Raising the Bar, OUT Magazine, June 27, 2012, http://www.out.com/travel-nightlife/london/2012/06/27/raising-bar]]>

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