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The 2014 Gay Games, also known as Gay Games 9, were an international multi-sport event and cultural gathering organized by, and specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes, artists and musicians.[1] It was held from August 9 to August 16, 2014 in Cleveland, with some events being held in the nearby city of Akron, Ohio. An estimated 10,000 athletes from more than 60 nations participated in 37 sports and cultural events.

IX Gay Games
Cleveland-Akron 2014
Cleveland Gay Games Logo.png
Host cityCleveland
Akron
CountryUnited States
Nations participatingmore than 60
Athletes participatingestimated 10,000
Events35 sports
Opening ceremonyAugust 9, 2014 (2014-08-09)
Closing ceremonyAugust 16, 2014 (2014-08-16)
Main venueQuicken Loans Arena
Websitewww.gg9cle.com
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Bidding ProcessEdit

Bids
  Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  Washington, D.C., United States
  Cleveland-Akron, Ohio, United States
Cancelled
  Miami, Florida, United States

According to the Federation of Gay Games (FGG), fourteen cities expressed interest in hosting the event. During its annual meeting in Cape Town on October 28, 2008, the FGG announced that four American cities made the deadline and were thus in the running to host the games: Boston, Cleveland, Miami, and Washington, D.C.. Of these cities, Boston, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C. submitted bid books by the deadline. The FGG selected Cleveland as the host city in September 29, 2009 during its annual meeting in Cologne, Germany.[2][3][4]

SponsorsEdit

On April 13, 2013, the Cleveland Foundation announced a US$250,000 grant as the presenting sponsor of the event, which was to be known as "The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation," marking the first time the Gay Games had had a presenting sponsor.[5][5] In addition to local support from sponsors such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cleveland Indians, the Games saw major corporate sponsorship from large companies like Coca-Cola, Marriott, and United.

The United Church of Christ became the first religious denomination to be a major sponsor of the Gay Games as a fourth-tier silver sponsor of the Gay Games in 2014.[6]

Also announced as a major sponsor was Ernst & Young, with cash and in-kind services.[7]

Opening CeremonyEdit

 
President Barack Obama makes a surprise appearance at the ceremony via video.

The Opening Ceremony began at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, at Quicken Loans Arena. Featured stars at the ceremony included singer, dancer and radio host Lance Bass, Broadway actress Andrea McArdle, Alex Newell from Glee, former Olympian Greg Louganis, and The Pointer Sisters. President of the United States Barack Obama made a surprise video appearance.[8][9]

Events and VenuesEdit

The Games featured 37 disciplines of sport and cultural events throughout Cleveland-Akron region.

ClevelandEdit

Event Venue
Athletics: road races (5k)   Cleveland Metroparks Zoo[10]
Aquatics: Open Water Swim Edgewater Park[11]
Badminton   Veale Center (Case Western Reserve University)[12]
Basketball[13] Woodling Gymnasium
CSU Recreation Center (Cleveland State University)
Beach volleyball   Wendy Park (Whiskey Island)
Bodybuilding   Public Music Hall[14]
Cheer   Public Music Hall[15]
Dancesport   Renaissance Cleveland Hotel[16]
Darts   Renaissance Cleveland Hotel[17]
Diving Robert F. Busbey Natatorium (Cleveland State University)[18]
Racquetball   Veale Center (Case Western Reserve University)[19]
Rowing Rivergate Park[20]
Sailing   Edgewater Yacht Club[21]
Squash   Veale Center (Case Western Reserve University)[22]
Swimming Robert F. Busbey Natatorium (Cleveland State University)[23]
Synchronized swimming Robert F. Busbey Natatorium (Cleveland State University)[24]
Table tennis   Veale Center (Case Western Reserve University)[25]
Tennis Malaga Complex (Cleveland State University)[26]
Triathlon   East 9th Street Pier at Voinovich Park (North Coast Harbor)[27]
Water polo   Veale Natorium (Case Western Reserve University)[28]
Wrestling Horsburgh Gymnasium (Case Western Reserve University)[29]
Volleyball   Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland[30]

Ceremonies and Other EventsEdit

Event Venue
Chorus   State Theatre[31]
Closing Ceremony   Cleveland Mall[32]
Opening Ceremony   Quicken Loans Arena[32]
Team Band Competition   State Theatre[33]

AkronEdit

Event Venue
Athletics: road races (10k) Mustill Store Trailhead[10]
Football (soccer) Copley Road Soccer Complex[34]
Golf   Firestone Country Club[35]
Marathon and Half marathon
start/finish
  Akron Civic Theatre[36]
Martial arts   John S. Knight Center[37]
Softball[38] Cascade Valley Metro Park
Colonial Salt Field
  Firestone Stadium
Track & Field   Lee R. Jackson Track and Field Complex (University of Akron)[39]

Other SitesEdit

Event Venue Location
Bowling The Game of Wickliffe Wickliffe[40]
Cycling (Criterium) Downtown Lakewood Lakewood[41]
Cycling (Road Race/Circuit Race) Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation Brecksville[41]
Cycling (Mountain biking) Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation Strongsville[41]
Figure skating Serpentiti Arena Lakewood[42]
Flag football Barton-Bradley Recreation Field North Olmsted[43]
Ice hockey OBM Arena Strongsville[44]
Pool billiards Dave & Busters Westlake[45]
Rock climbing Kendall Cliffs Climbing Gym Peninsula[46]
Rodeo affiliated event Summit County Fairgrounds Tallmadge[47][48][49]

Records setEdit

At 99 years old, Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the 2014 Gay Games, becoming the first person in the 95-99 age category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race, running the race in 59.8 seconds.[50][50]

Brian Jacobson, at age 40, lowered the Masters long course world record in the 50 free to 23.31.[51]

Kinnon MacKinnon, at age 28, became the first openly transgender man to earn a gold in powerlifting at the Gay Games.[52]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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