Olympian Megan Rapinoe says that finding support among her teammates allowed her to be herself.

Rapinoe publicly announced that she's gay shortly before heading to the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she scored three goals and four assists for the U.S. women's soccer team. She was among the fewer than two dozen openly gay athletes to compete in the summer games that year.

Rapinoe talked coming out during a roundtable conversation hosted by The Players' Tribune. Also participating were retired soccer players Carmelina Moscato and Lori Lindsey, and Rapinoe's sister, Rachel Rapinoe.

“When I came out publicly a few years ago, there weren’t a lot of out athletes – male or female,” Rapinoe said. “There still aren’t, which is kind of surprising. I think people feel isolated and alone. They’re worried about putting themselves out there. But for me, that isolation ended a long time ago. It ended because of you guys, and my other friends in this sport. I have my people, and they understand me. That’s all I’ve wanted since I was the weirdo in sixth grade. I’d trade any number of World Cups for that.”

The 30-year-old Rapinoe is an advocate for numerous LGBT groups, including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Athlete Ally.