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Gay Games Profile: Squash competitor Ucl Vollgraf

Ucl Vollgraf (Source: WOIO) Ucl Vollgraf (Source: WOIO)
Many athletes started checking in on Thursday. (Source: WOIO) Many athletes started checking in on Thursday. (Source: WOIO)

A majority of this year's competitors for the 2014 Gay Games will arrive in Greater Cleveland Thursday and Friday. Around 8,000 athletes from all over the world are expected.

German Ucl Vollgraf, a squash competitor, is one of them.

The 46-year-old first discovered he was gay as a child.

"I was 10 years old," Vollgraf said.

He didn't tell his parents until 10 years later, which he says was very hard.

Now Vollgraf is a high school science teacher who has full support from his parents, as well as his employer.

''The director of schools knows about it and he's completely fine with that," said Vollgraf.

Vollgraf has been with his partner for 13 years. He laughed when we asked him when he was going to get married, but finally replied in five years possibly.

Two or three people usually accompany the 8,000 athletes during the competition, which could provide a $40 million boost to the local economy.

The Gay Games begin Aug. 9 and continue for a complete week. Click here for a schedule of events.

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