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Olympians Mike Janyk and Mercedes Nicoll march in Vancouver Pride Parade

Alpine skier and 2010 Olympian Mike Janyk and two-time Olympian snowboarder Mercedes Nicoll

Alpine skier Mike Janyk and snowboarder Mercedes Nicoll show support for gay community during Vancouver Gay Pride.

The Canadian Press reports:

Two Olympians representing Canada?s Olympic Team marched in Vancouver?s Pride Parade today.

Canadian Olympic officials say it was an effort to spread a message of tolerance, acceptance and diversity in light of Russia?s anti-gay laws and the upcoming 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Alpine skier and 2010 Olympian Mike Janyk and two-time Olympian snowboarder Mercedes Nicoll joined Pride participants as they marched through Vancouver?s downtown and the West End.

Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut says the coming together of COC and Pride is a reminder that sport is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, creed or sexual orientation.

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