CNN’s Victor Blackwell and Brianna Keilar talk with Olympic athletes U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir and New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup about Russia’s anti-gay law.
Gold medal-winning diver Olympian Matthew Mitcham also talked about the anti-gay Russian laws.
“It’s really sad,” Mitcham said. “The way they are persecuting people in Russia is quite horrific.” Mitcham said Russia’s stance would hinder performances and take away the joy of the Games experience. “The Olympics is the best experience you will ever have as an athlete,” he said. “Their whole memory and experience is going to be marred by this stuff. They are going to be made to feel unacceptable, inappropriate, and it is a really awful, awful feeling.
The Olympics are supposed to be somewhere where they can go to be relieved of that feeling. A place where you can compete and feel that gender and sexuality is not an issue.”
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