Three former Olympic athletes and out and proud members of the LGBTQ+ community will be telling their stories and answering your questions! The Olympian Q&A will be held at SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street in Manhattan on Friday, June 28 at 5pm!
About the Event
Bruce Hayes, Betsy Mitchell, and Daniel Kowalski, three former Olympic athletes and out & proud members of the LGBTQ+ community, will be telling their stories and answering your questions. Jeff Commings will be our moderator for the evening.
Bruce Hayes was the first Olympic swimmer to come out as gay. Bruce anchored the epic 1984 men’s 4×200 freestyle relay touching out Michael Gross and the West Germans while setting a new world record.
Betsy Mitchell was a three-time Olympic medalist from 1984 and 1988. She held the world record in the 200-meter backstroke for five years, and the U.S. record for the 200-meter backstroke for 19 years. Betsy also qualified for the World Championships in rowing in 1994.
Daniel Kowalski became the first swimmer in 92 years to medal in the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 1500-meter freestyle races in the same Olympics at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Jeff Commings will be our moderator for the evening. He is the former host of the “Morning Swim Show” and current host of the show “Deck Pass.”
This event is brought to you by TNYA as part of the 2019 International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships (IGLA 2019) in New York City for 2019 WorldPride/Stonewall50. For more information about IGLA 2019, visit the IGLA 2019 information page here.