Ashley Wagner Speaks Out Against Russia’s Anti-gay Law

commentPeriod:14! commentEndDate:10/14/13 7:36 EDT! currentDate:9/30/13 8:0 EDT! allowComments:true! displayComments:true! U.S. Olympians address Russia anti-gay law in advance of 2014 Sochi Games Video: Using the sun’s rays, the Olympic flame lighting for the Winter Games in Sochi went off without a hitch in southern Greece, ahead of its journey across Russia’s nine time zones and even a trip to space before the Games take place in February. E-mail the writers PARK CITY, Utah Roughly four months before the 2014 Sochi Games get underway, many of the countrys top winter Olympians began filing into this mountain resort Monday to talk about their medal aspirations. But in a series of interviews that will conclude Wednesday, many were asked their view of the recently enacted Russian law that bans the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations, legislation that stands to overshadow the competition when the Games begin Feb. 7 . Gallery Surf dogs Their responses were as varied as the athletes themselves. Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller called the law an embarrassment and the International Olympic Committees prohibition on athletes expressing political views while competing at Olympic sites hypocritical and unfair. I think its absolutely embarrassing that there are countries and people who are that intolerant and that ignorant, said Miller, 35, the countrys most decorated male alpine skier.

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(Photo: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights She is a two-time national champion Lysacek stands behind USOC’s assurance there will be no discrimination Wagner says she doesn’t feel it’s her place to tell Russians how to “run their country” SHARE 9 CONNECT 10 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE PARK CITY, Utah It would have been easier to stick to the party line, to skate around the issue. Instead U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner spoke up when asked about Russia’s controversial anti-gay laws. At first her voice quivered a bit. “For me, I have gay family members and I have a lot of friends in the LBGT community. I’m even so nervous to talk about this,” she said with a small laugh. Then with heartfelt eloquence, she found her footing. “I have such a firm stance on this that we should all have equal rights,” said the two-time national champion. “I obviously don’t support the legislation in Russia, but at the same time it’s not my place to go into Russia and tell them how to run their country, I’m just an athlete. “But I believe the best way you can really show your support for your community is to speak about it. I do think the Olympics are an opportunity for us as athletes to go in and show what we can do with our sport.” Her position was certainly not strident, but compared to the five other figure skaters who sat alongside her, it was as if she had wrapped herself in a rainbow flag. Olympic champion Evan Lysacek said he stood behind the U.S.

Flesh-Eating Street Drug from Russia Hits the US

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