Olympian Megan Rapinoe has said she came out gay before heading to the London Olympics to be counted.

Rapinoe, a 27-year-old midfielder, scored three goals and four assists for the U.S. women's team at the 2012 Olympics.

Appearing on NPR's All Things Considered, Rapinoe discussed her reasons for coming out before the games.

“I think just being authentic and being proud of who I am. I think … just to stand up and to be counted. For me, I don't want to make a big fuss or talk about it all the time but it just felt good, I guess. It just felt like it was the right time. Not that I ever hid anything or lied about anything, but now that it's out, we can stop talking about and start breaking down these barriers that are keeping really homosexuals from having full rights,” she said.

Rapinoe added that it is more difficult for male athletes to come out of the closet.

“On the men's side there's still that the stigma of homophobia in the locker rooms and just in general in men's sports,” she said. “It is really, I think, for male athletes a huge coming out.”

(Listen to the entire segment.)