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Skier Bode Miller Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Law in Russia

The gold medalist called the International Olympic Committee rules muting athletes "an embarrassment"

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Olympic and World Championship gold medalist skier Bode Miller speaks with reporters during a news conference at the USOC 2013 team USA media summit, Sept. 30, 2013, in Park City, Utah

On the first day of the U.S. Olympic Media summit in Park City, Utah, reporters were curious to know what athletes thought of the controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia, which prohibits public displays of support for homosexuality. Not surprisingly, most athletes punted away questions.

“I’m not there to make a difference,” said figure skater Agnes Zawadzki. “I want to focus on myself and what I have to do to compete well at the Olympics.” The U.S. Olympic Committee gave athletes clear talking points on how duck the issue: we defer comment to the USOC, we’re focused on our sports, etc.

There was a very notable exception: Bode Miller, the Olympic gold medalist and most successful American ski racer of all-time. Miller, a veteran non-conformist, is giving the Olympics one more shot at the age of 36.

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“I think it’s absolutely embarrassing that there’s countries, there’s people, that are intolerant, that are ignorant,” Miller said. The International Olympic Committee’s rules prohibits athletes from making political demonstrations at Games sites.

Miller went right to the heart of the IOC’s duplicity: the Olympics preach inclusion of all countries and people, but don’t let athletes speak out against a discriminatory law.

“There are politics in sports and athletics, and they’re always intertwined,” Miller said. “Even though people try to keep them separate, or try to act like they’re separate, I think asking athletes to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of a philosophy and all that different crap that kind of goes along with it, and then tell them they can’t express their views or they can’t say what they believe, I think is pretty hypocritical and unfair. But, you know the fact is, crappy situations like that have been happening for a long time.”

Earlier, figure skater Ashley Wagner said she’s against the law but fears that being loudly opposed to it can become a distraction. “I think it’s a shame we don’t have more athletes speaking out about it,” Wagner said.

Miller had no similar qualms.

“My main emotion when I hear and deal with situations like that is embarrassment,” Miller added. “As a human being, I think it’s embarrassing.”

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14 comments
TomButler2
TomButler2

Alas, all the old, white, guys (republiSCUMS), are just SO upset that their TINY bit of control is slowly slipping away.  Must be tough watching the power shift.  LOL!

jeff_davisz
jeff_davisz

Russia has a right to keep these filthy, disgusting perverts out of their country and **** bode miller and all of his butt buddies.

jakerman
jakerman

Don't let the immoral fool you.  This is a perversion in any sense.  Gay rights is a agenda to make the country think that perversion is ok and normal. It will never be no matter what laws are passed.  Laws and morals don't always align themselves

stevie68a
stevie68a

But it's okay in russia to spout bronze age nonsense called religion, that often has more to do with hate,

then "love".

With this law, gays there will have more violence and even murder. They will have to show russia, and the world, what real gay power is.


DanBruce
DanBruce

The new American motto and anthem of the young: "I want to focus on myself."

rpearlston
rpearlston

THank you, Bode Miller.  At least there's one intelligent and aware voice out there...

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@TomButler2 

this is about what's going on in russia, genius, not about what's going on here.  is your life really that sad/pathetic that you have to turn everything into a partisan issue? in no way, shape, or form, does this have anything to do with republiSCUMS (and hey, really clever burn there by the way, how many braincells did you burn coming up with that doozy?), as much as you'd like it to. must be tough not being a tool and having to try to come up with an intelligent, relevant comment, huh? LOL!

what. a. moron.

jeff_davisz
jeff_davisz

@stevie68a nothing hates like a homoNazi.  NOBODY fears you cowardly perverts.....other than children and small animals of course.

jakerman
jakerman

It would be no loss to society and maybe even a gain

jakerman
jakerman

So, men mating with men is intelligent?

psbrooklyn
psbrooklyn

@jakerman sounds like someone (you) has some latent homosexual issues - aka - most likely likes dudes deep down inside.   grow up man, no one cares where you stick it anymore. 

psbrooklyn
psbrooklyn

@jeff_davisz @psbrooklyn @jakerman joke's on you fool - im not gay, happily married for 8 years.   you are just proving your ignorance and bigotry to everyone else.   People like you are the same type of people who didnt want african americans to vote or ride in the front of the bus.   seriously, grow up.

jeff_davisz
jeff_davisz

@psbrooklyn @jakerman amazing how perverts like you claim to be proud of your sexual perversions then you try to insult your betters with accusations of homosexuality.

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