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Gold Medalist Skier Bode Miller: Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws Are “Ignorant” And “Embarrassing”

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It is absolutely embarrassing that there are countries and people who are that intolerant, that ignorant. But it’s not the first time we’ve been dealing with human rights issues since there were humans….

“I think it’s crappy that we don’t have a better system dealing with that. Asking an athlete to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of a philosophy and all the crap that goes along with it and then tell them they can’t express their views or say what they believe I think is pretty hypocritical.

“If they let me make the rules I will switch it for you immediately, I can solve a lot of stuff really quickly but unfortunately no one has elected me or given me that kind of power. My main emotion when I hear about stuff like that is embarrassment. As a human being I think it is embarrassing.”

Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller, who will be bidding for a place on his fifth U.S. Olympic skiing team for the Winter Games in Sochi this coming February, discussing Russia’s anti-gay laws and the IOC’s response to them, via Reuters