Cerullo holds dual citizenship in Brazil and the United States but spent most of her life in North Carolina. Two years ago, she moved to São Paulo with Enya to train for the 2016 games after the host country’s team qualified. Brazil finished ninth in the inaugural rounds, failing to qualify for the finals.

“The Olympic Games can look like closure but, for me, it’s starting a new life with someone,” Enya. “I wanted to show people that love wins.”

In Brazil, same sex marriage has been legal since 2013. Cerullo is one of at least 45 openly gay athletes in Rio, according to an estimate by Outsports magazine. The mega-sporting event already made LGBT history this year, with British hockey players Kate Richardson-Walsh and Helen Richardson-Walsh becoming the first same-sex married couple ever to compete in the Olympic games.

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