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So far, nothing but silence from Olympians on Russia’s anti-gay laws

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Morry Gash, APWomen's normal hill ski jumping silver medalist Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who is openly gay, smiles during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Women’s normal hill ski jumping silver medalist Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who is openly gay, smiles during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

SOCHI, Russia — A campaign to draw attention to Russia’s anti-gay laws isn’t gaining traction among Olympic athletes, who so far have avoided saying or doing anything to protest the measures.

Organizers say they aren’t discouraged, though, and believe some athletes still may speak out before the games are over.

“We think athlete voices are still powerful in this debate,” said Andre Banks, executive director of AllOut, one of the groups protesting the laws. “But at the end of the day it’s up to the athlete to find the moment to make that expression.”

Midway through the Olympics, no athletes have found that moment, and the issue of gay rights has largely faded into the background at the games. But Banks held out hope that one or more athletes would make a public stand while in Sochi.

“We expect as games go on there may be other expressions,” Banks said in a phone interview from New York. “It’s good enough for me right now, though, that people are speaking up surrounding the games.”

AllOut and fellow group Athlete Ally had wanted Olympians to display the logo P6 to draw attention to Principle Six of the Olympic Charter that says discrimination in any form is not compatible with the Olympic movement. They had also hoped that athletes would speak out against Russian laws banning gay “propaganda” from reaching minors.

Protesters in several cities around the world targeted major Olympic sponsors in the days before the Winter Games started, urging them to speak out against the laws. That prompted several U.S. sponsors to issue statements saying they are against intolerance or discrimination, though none specifically mentioned the Russian laws.

Hudson Taylor, the founder and executive director of Athlete Ally, said he was not discouraged by the near total silence from athletes on the subject.

“I know for a fact that there are athletes currently competing who will not let these games come and go without making a statement,” Taylor, a former college wrestler, said in an email. “I for one will be watching the rest of the games with great anticipation and excitement.”

One openly gay athlete already passed up the chance to make a statement on the medal stand. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who married partner Isabel Stolz last year, did not bring up the anti-gay laws after winning the silver medal Tuesday in ski jumping.

Iraschko-Stolz said before winning the medal that protests against Russia’s law weren’t worth it because “no one cares.”

“I know Russia will go and make the right steps in the future and we should give them time,” she said.

Banks said his organization is doing other things to call attention to gay issues during the Olympics, including calling for the International Olympic Committee to ban countries from bidding for the games unless they show they don’t discriminate against gays.

Still, he said, he would like to see a winning athlete say something before the games end. He specifically mentioned Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff, who is gay and has spoken out previously against anti-gay laws, as someone he would like to see win a medal.

Brockhoff is competing in the snowboard cross on Sunday, though she is not considered a medal contender.

“Having someone make a statement on the medal podium would be very exciting,” he said. “We’ve been rooting for her on the sidelines.”

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  1. russia is evil, what did the lgbt community ever do to them!?!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:23pm
  2. Are we surprised? Straight people don’t give a fuck

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:24pm
  3. exactly! Have you EVER met one that wasn't a knuckle dragging neanderthal? Its a sporting event also...that means all the breeders will be too busy gorging themselves on beer and pork rinds to care about anything else.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:25pm
  4. Is that a joke chris? catagorising straight people as 'breeders' is as bad as someone calling a gay person a 'faggot', or does equality only for the minorities?

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:28pm
  5. Wait till after the games or over, then we will see!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:24pm
  6. They are scared maybe?

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:24pm
  7. i hope they die and burn in helll

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:24pm
  8. I hope a runaway lion eats you for lunch....but then again that might be abuse towards the lion seeing as how Christ Tards like you are full of nothing but shit

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:37pm
  9. go to hell

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:38pm
  10. Mark, I assume you mean Putin and his ilk?

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:57pm
  11. Don't believe in hell Christ Tard. I actually paid attention in science class as a youngster.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:00pm
  12. Even tho they may not agree, it needs to stay professional. They know it. There job it to get metals. We can not fix stupid and ignorance. (Russia)

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:25pm
  13. As it should be this is about their dreams coming true and focusing on their events, I hate the law too but this is their time ,let it go already ! There are gay athletes there too,let them enjoy their moment.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:25pm
  14. so basically ignore it?

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:26pm
  15. I disagree strongly. Why should we care about their dreams if they support a regime that seeks to destroy not only our dreams, but our rights, as well?

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:27pm
  16. The way I see it, there's a time and place for everything. The Olympics are supposed to be a time for athleticism and comradery, not political debate.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:43pm
  17. And I'm sure the Jews at the 1936 Berlin Olympics felt that the athletes should just enjoy themselves, too. You've got some very strange priorities.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:45pm
  18. is winning a medal more important than being a good person standing up for others? I don't think so

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:03pm
  19. You are right. They are there to compete, not be spokespeople

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:03pm
  20. Russian Government is corrupt and scary.. I would keep my mouth shut. I'm bisexual and proud.. but let Russia sort their own shit out, we could have boycotted as a country but didn't so let them achieve something.. and let the internet spread the proud gay athletes' accomplishments to prove that being gay doesn't make you a monster

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:53pm
  21. 'In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.' by Martin Luther King Jr ... History Will See them as Self Serving as the Slave owners were ! ;o(

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:25pm
  22. Yes, but shoving it in Russia's face won't make them listen -- it will only make them stronger in their prejudicial convictions. Better for them to see gay athletes compete respectfully alongside straight ones and maybe then they'll realize that there is no difference between gay and straight. If you want to speak out about equality, fine, but don't judge Olympians who don't speak freely about it and are there to achieve their dreams.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:38pm
  23. We say that they should Never of attended this Russian Hate Olympics! Then Simply say those that attended the 1936 Nazi Olympics Did they Change History at all ? No ! While Putin the Corrupt Brutal Despot uses Billions to Bring his greatest Propaganda Tool thus far that of the Hate Olympics, he did so to reaffirm his political prowess and promotion of the dismantling of Human Rights in this state of Hate! It is absurd to think that the Olympics is not Political, it has always been to show the Good, Bad and Ugly in the best possibly light ! ;o( If these 'Athletes' must attend against the desires of those who Suffer the loss of Human Rights then at least show the conscience and Dignity to those who face persecutions in the very Country they are happy to perform. We hope they enjoy their 30 Pieces of silver ! Then again Say 'In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. by Martin Luther King Jr.' ;o(

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:59pm
  24. Who gives a damn about a medal when others are suffering? Sorry, it's not all about you.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:24pm
  25. Sure Janine, just roll over and make like it doesn't exist, why not put fingers in our ears strap on blinders and say lalalalalalala @ the same time!! It's so not about the ATHLETES OR GAMES!!! IT'S ABOUT LIFE!! Not being beaten, killed or tortured, brain washed because someones GAY!!! I sure HOPE your not GAY with that ATTITUDE!! Peace be with you!!!

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:37pm
  26. You think it is selfish of them to attend and participate in the events? Well, I think it's selfish of you to expect that they should give up a dream that many of them have been training for their whole lives. The best way to get through to Russia is by killing them with kindness, not by shooting them with fire. By attacking them, all we're doing is driving them further and further away. If you want to blame someone for picking Russia to host this Olympics, direct your complaints to the Olympic committees. Why punish the athletes for doing their job and pursuing their dream?

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:47pm
  27. These athletes aren't necessarily supporting Russia just because they chose to compete. They have spent a lot of money and time to get where they are, so how can you hold that against them? Those of you who say these athletes are selfish and must hate homosexuality are the ones who are being judgmental and intolerant. And this is all coming from someone who has been vocal about equality since middle school.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:50pm
  28. Matt, not all of them are straight.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:26pm
  29. And I think they should, they are all there to compete and win for the USA. After the Olympics is the right time.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:26pm
  30. With so many Gays and lesbians not identifying with being gay or lesbian, in constant need of redefinition of what it means to be gay or lesbian or in between or trans or what have you, it’s not a surprise really.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:26pm
  31. They don’t want to piss off any potential sponsors!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:27pm
  32. It’s not our country! I’m gay but it’s a fight we would lose!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:27pm
  33. Quite right, it is their profession. Don’t mix business with pleasure. If a top law firm in NYC gave you a job and the boss was a homophobe would you refuse?

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:27pm
  34. Two female Russian medalists kissed on the podium. That’s “nothing”?

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:27pm
  35. They probably don’t wanna deal with the wrath of Putin. Lol
    He gives no fucks. Lol

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:28pm
  36. glad you think its so funny...why don't you stretch those liver lips a little wider horse face

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:36pm
  37. Because name-calling fellows is so classy...place the anger where it belongs: on Russia, for changing their laws after the IOC gave them the games.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:57pm
  38. As it should be the Olympics shouldn’t be politicised…these issues should be addressed later…

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:28pm
  39. Russia is evil

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:28pm
  40. Maybe they just want to compete, and not get drawn into it? Most of have have spent their entire lives for this occasion. It’s selfish of us to try and do anything that could take that away.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:28pm
  41. No, the selfishness comes from putting their personal needs over the needs of an entire Narion of LGBT who only want to live their lives.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:26pm
  42. I think they were instructed to not say anything by their governments. Some may be afraid. Some have in their deeds shown support. I think we will hear a lot once the games are over

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:29pm
  43. I suspect closing ceremonies will be colorful. A few athletes have dropped hints at actions they want to take, but no one has said anything outright.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:54pm
  44. They were threatened that any opposition from the competitors would result in punishment. How many people hold their tongues at work because they need their job?

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:29pm
  45. SHAME !

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:30pm
  46. They are smart to keep silent for now!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:30pm
  47. You realize if they did openly speak out against the anti-lgbt laws, their government would potentially silence them? Russia is a crazy country.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:31pm
  48. “I know for a fact that there are athletes currently competing who will not let these games come and go without making a statement,” Taylor, a former college wrestler, said in an email. “I for one will be watching the rest of the games with great anticipation and excitement.”

    I’d hope so.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:31pm
  49. Lol isn’t that because of the networks not the Olympians? The stations covering the games may not want to televise how the athletes feel about that in a country that might put them in jail for speaking out.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:32pm
  50. I am a straight person and I do give a fuck. Fyi

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:32pm
  51. Then you're on the wrong page.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:57pm
  52. An LGBT webpage is for straight allies too ya know. I'm straight and I'm ashamed of what's going on over there.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:32pm
  53. Mark Krasniqi, let me guess. You’re Christian aren’t you? One of those WBC types of Christians?

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:32pm
  54. Thank you Vicki Stormageddon Schmidt-Semans ♥

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:34pm
  55. Facebook Jesus says go pack fudge

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:34pm
  56. How can we say bad things about another country when we still have the same issue in our own country? Do I agree with Russia? Of course not but we have the same issues here that need to be figured out before we start making comments on another country. I’m tired of hearing about it. Worry about your country first.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:34pm
  57. We are not Locking people up for admitting their sexuality openly. Things are changing here for the better but it's light years ahead of Russia, stop trying to pretend it isn't.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:38pm
  58. Yes they should really focusing on the games. That being said-If they were to speak out, it would be propaganda-which is illegal

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:37pm
  59. They shouldn’t say anything. They have trained for years for their sport let then have their moment. Go team USA!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:37pm
  60. One country at a time. They probably think it’d be disrespectful to go into another country for the Olympics and criticize the government’s laws. Rights will come, but we have to be patient, so we shouldn’t change the object of the Olympics to make Russia see that gay rights are human rights. We shouldn’t pressure the athletes to speak up about it either, just let them do what they went there for.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:37pm
  61. To be silent in the face of evil is to collaborate with it.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:38pm
  62. Really, you people think a metal is more important then lives lost over the humanity of this issue, the athletes are no more then social puppets. Why not go to North Korea for the next Olympics?

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:39pm
  63. You know that they can easily be arrested for speaking with support for the LGBT community, right? We want our athletes to return home, do we not?

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:40pm
  64. Thats not true, the BBC coverage gas been full of it, with your presenter Clare Balding and athletes speaking out and the issue being covered as well as a visit to the gay club in Socchi. Perhaps people should start watching the BBC coverage.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:40pm
  65. of course they’re silent… they dont want to get lynched

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:42pm
  66. To be honest…It’s not their ‘job’ to address this issue! Their ‘job’ is to perform and to compete!

    Choosing Russia as a host was a very bad decision, but there is no need to criticize the sporters for that!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:45pm
  67. Sure there is, would you allow them to have competed in oh, Uganda?

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:27pm
  68. Hell no! If it is up to me I won't allow them to play in any country that screws up basic human rights! Too bad we don't have that power!!

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:42pm
  69. I wouldn’t throw away 15 years of training either just because Putin is an a$$

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:47pm
  70. Cure for Gays,R K L

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:49pm
  71. It is not up to them to be discussing politics, they are there to do the best they can in their sport.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:49pm
  72. There is a time and a place for every fight, including this one. Safety and respect for the athletes and their families must be a priority. And we can’t assume that every athlete champions our cause enough to put their safety and Olympic experience at risk. It would be selfish of the LGBTQ community to assume that we take precedent over those athletes and their dreams. There are other times and venues where this fight is appropriate.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:51pm
  73. Oh so it's "unselfish" to have little Johnny compete for a medal for himself but asking that someone, anyone actually stand up to promote the well-being of the entire community of LGBT that happens to live in Russia is "selfish"? Bullshit. Human Right trump sporting events every single time.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:36pm
  74. They’re athletes not politicians competing for the pride of their own countries not to disgrace anothers views

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:51pm
  75. They are as much "politicians" in the fact that PROFESSIONAL athletes are in what is a supposedly amateur event. Once that little cat got out of the bag, the actual "Olympics" ended years back.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:33pm
  76. You need to learn your history Skyler!
    They did not sit back and cheer the athletes on. They were deported from Berlin long before and the Murdered!
    Silence is NOT Golden!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:53pm
  77. Really lgbtq??

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:53pm
  78. Out of fear no doubt! Fear is the reason for ALL hatred and bigotry…SAY SOMETHING if you want a change!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:57pm
  79. I am gay, and I feel bad for the gays in Russia, however, those athletes should not be protesting. It is very inappropriate for them too at this time and sort of event. If gay rights hijack the Olympics and make it political and not about the sports and competitions we are no better than the tea party, Christian extremists, or the Russians. There truly is a time and place for everything and the Olympics is not it. The protests were done as much as need be. President Obama refused to go amd selected gay and gay friendly delegates to represent the U.S. that is all that is needed for now.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:59pm
  80. Oh get a damn grip. You have "Professional" athletes competing because "the others did it too" and now you want to act as though this crap isn't "political"?

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:30pm
  81. So disappointing. Silence = death. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:02pm
  82. Come on athletes! Understand why you won’t boycott the games like this couch potato but use your voice whilst you’re there – gay or straight shout out loud!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:02pm
  83. What did you expect? No one wants to spend time in a Russian prison.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:03pm
  84. To be honest, that’s because it really has nothing to do with the Olympics. They’re there for a reason, not to make a political statement.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:10pm
  85. Protesting and making statements will do the sporters no good! It could put them in grave danger! We have all seen what Russia is capable of doing to people criticising them. Let the politicians and world leaders fight the battle of the politics and human rights!

    I think it’s horrible that the IOC (and other organizations) picked Russia out of all the countries in the world to host the Olympics and I hope that next time they will look more closely at the way a country treats its citizens and people in general before choosing that country!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:12pm
  86. Stop blaming the athletes and start blaming yourselves, why aren’t you over in Russia protesting if you care so much? for that matter why aren’t you in Lebanon helping out with the refugee crisis? or in Africa helping to build wells or removing landmines? it is because these problems have nothing to do with you much like Russian lgbt rights have nothing to do with these athletes.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:19pm
  87. Yes, a gold medal is way more important than the lives of tortured and murdered humans…….

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:26pm
  88. Wait till it’s over!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:37pm
  89. They are athletes not political activist remember we (USA) sent openly gay athletes to the games and said are kicking ass… And besides it would put THEM at risk some of you people wouldst mind a beating or two to get your point across but that Dosen’t mean they don’t care in the slightest it’s also very ingorant to assume such…

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
  90. anyone honestly think they would be persecuting gays while the whole world was watching? Russians are assholes and you can bet as soon as we all leave it will start all over again..The reason Russia should have never been able to keep these games..IOC is a bullshit money operation..I haven’t watched a second of this hate show

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:02pm
  91. It’s because they’ll be arrested and beaten.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:07pm
  92. Bullshit. Not with the entire world watching they wouldn't dare.

    Replied on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:31pm
  93. …and let’s not paint all Russians with the same brush! Then “we” are guilty of stereotyping. Putin yes, most in govt probably following harsh policy – but not all Russians are haters…

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:54pm
  94. That is such a shame but maybe they are to scared too xx

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:02pm
  95. Thats because 1st and foremost, the Olympic games are about sports!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:17pm
  96. ‘In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ by Martin Luther King Jr … History Will See them as Self Serving as the Slave owners were ! ;o(

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:24pm
  97. I’ll give them a little leeway, I’m sure there is some fear, but there are phrases and signs that are inclusive that could be made with out fear of reprisal, especially if you’re out!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:33pm
  98. They are there to compete. They have worked so hard for it so regardless of Russia’s stance is on us, the world already knows. Let them just compete and not be political activists.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:48pm
  99. Can’t blame them. They can be stripped of medals for political protest during the games. I expect we’ll hear more when they are no longer in Russia.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:07pm
  100. What about the United states its not all legal here either

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:39pm
  101. Maybe because they don’t want to be arrested or beaten? They are athletes not spokespeople.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:43pm
  102. It may not be legal, andromeda, but we have no laws that make it illegal TO BE GAY in the U.S. That’s the difference.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:44pm
  103. Anybody want these kids to risk their lives and their futures can hop on a plane and go spit in Putin’s eye. The IOC has been bought and paid for by Putin.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:47pm
  104. When we start bashing people for living their dream, and not speaking or acting for our dream, than we are as bad as the people we complain about.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:49pm
  105. They should be ashamed of themselves if they haven’t condemned these homophobic laws that are encouraging an atmosphere where Neo-Nazi thugs are beating, blinding etc., LGBTQ Russians with impunity . To remain silent is to be complicit .

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:10pm
  106. Probably sworn to silence throughout the games by that pussy Putin

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:20pm
  107. It is easy for me to say i would make a stance, but winning a medal is the aim – mind you if I won gold I’d weave a rainbow flag.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:25pm
  108. Ashamed!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:33pm
  109. That’s because they are there to compete.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:24pm
  110. Anyone who thinks we’re so evolved please see the pro discrimination laws being proposed in Kansas, Idaho & Tennessee. Also the move that Cruz is trying to make on the federal front.

    Terry Thrasher, get over yourself!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:29pm
  111. I agree that they should remain professional, but they are also entitled to their own opinions and if they feel the urge to share then so be it. Every human being is entitled to be a public speaker given the opportunity to share their voice.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:30pm
  112. Because a medal is more important than standing up for what is right!

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 12:15am
  113. Not even one little rainbow flag?

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 12:24am
  114. who cares about Sochi ??? pleaaaaaasseeeee

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 12:45am
  115. A medal is wayyyy more important then people getting tortured and their heads bashed in sure…..

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 12:56am
  116. As Ellen said, yesterday, it takes great courage to do so in the face of all the judgemental and “important” people one in such situations has to please….. She also pointed out that she is sick of doing so…..

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 1:22am
  117. I am gay but it is not there job to do anything

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:14am
  118. Each person has to do what they can live with, after all, they will live with the consequence. I’m not watching the Olympics.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:29am
  119. I think many of these athletes already fear for their safety and it takes great courage for them to even be there. Those who are gay and still competing are saying f you to Russia and their laws by being there. While Russia’s laws are wrong I personally wouldn’t want to see any harm come to any athlete for taking a stance.

    Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:35am