I don’t think a boycott is the right thing to do because I believe in the exposure of the Olympics. Creating awareness around the atrocity of these new laws that exist in Russia is what’s going to bring about the change, maybe not in the law, but in people’s rights. Hopefully it will bring about the conversation necessary to repeal this law.
Do you have any worries about your safety in Sochi?
I will feel safe. I can assure you that there will be some attention that comes with my competing in Sochi. I don’t have any concerns for my safety, especially inside the Olympic Village. It’s an open and welcoming place to be in. I think the IOC and the corporate sponsors are doing a very sufficient job of making us feel safe, especially inside the Olympic Village. It’s governed by the IOC and I believe I’ll be safe there.
What would happen if there’s some sort of antigay international incident?
I think the last thing anyone wants is an international incident. This is Russia’s time to show off its country. It’s a nice country. I enjoy visiting there. There’s a lot of culture and history and the people are genuinely friendly. I think an international incident is the last thing they would want and it’s the last thing the IOC would want. The Olympics don’t come around every day. They come around every two years and alternate between summer and winter and it’s a time for the world to come together and highlight what the Olympic games are about.
Would you ever accept an endorsement deal from a company known to have antigay practices?
No, definitely not. That’s not what I’m about. I only want to be aligned with people who believe in what’s right and a company with an antigay stance is not right.