Kate And Helen Richardson-Walsh Become First Same-Sex Married Couple To Win Gold

Kate And Helen Richardson-Walsh Become First Same-Sex Married Couple To Win Gold

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Great Britain’s dramatic gold medal in the hockey marked the first Olympic title for the women’s team. It was also significant for boasting the first same-sex married couple to win a gold.

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh married in 2013, the same year as same-sex marriages were legalised in the UK.

The pair were instrumental in the victory, brought about after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.

Kate, the team captain, is considered Team GB’s driving force. Helen withstood a chorus of boos from a mostly Netherlands-supporting crowd to score the decisive penalty.

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Kate Richardson-Walsh during the final.

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Helen Richardson-Walsh scores the decisive goal.

The pair, who had been playing hockey together for 17 years but only got together in 2008, told the BBC how victory was all the more sweet for achieving it together. Helen said:

Said Kate:

The couple have bronze medals from London 2012, a moment shared on Instagram.

Social media hailed them the new Olympic ‘golden couple’. 

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Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh.
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