Bil Browning

Speedskater Blake Skjellerup on Potential Winter Olympics Boycott

Filed By Bil Browning | July 31, 2013 4:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Blake Skjellerup, Olympics boycott, Russia, Winter Olympics

"I am against a boycott because there is no way I am going to change, or not be who I am, or go back into closet because of my sexuality. I think it would definitely be more powerful for athletes to attend Sochi than stay away, because I do think having individuals coming out is one of the most important pieces to bring about change, and to bring about understanding about LGBT rights, and to make people see us and realize, 'This person is just a normal person doing what they love and what they've done their entire life. They have a complete right to be in Sochi and to be welcome competing.'"

-- Openly gay Olympic short-track speedskater Blake Skjellerup in an interview with ESPN on whether or not gay athletes and/or countries should boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia after the country passed some of the most draconian anti-gay legislation in the world.

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