Lea Davison (USA): Mountain Biking & Queer Visibilit‪y‬

Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts.

In this episode, we spotlight, Lea Davison, a 2X Olympic Mountain Biker and 2016 World Championship silver medalist looking to qualify for her 3rd Olympics. Lea is unabashedly herself in all ways, including being open about her sexuality: Lea is gay. This episode takes a dive into some of Lea's professional cycling highlights, her co-founding of Little Bellas with sister, Sabra (a mountain biking/mentorship nonprofit for girls), and her decision to be open about her sexuality, which is something her sponsor Garneau, actively supports.

Experts interviewed include Sabra Davison, Andy Bishop, Frazier Blair, Marie-Andree Vezina and Dr. Susan Cahn. Audio clip of Megan Rapino from ABC 30's LGBTQ athletes speak out proudly about what it means to be out in the world of pro sport. Audio clip of Gareth Thomas via ODN News' article, Rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he's gay. Audio clip of Layshia Clarendon from her 6/22/17 Instagram post.

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