Monday, September 30, 2013
U.S. figure skaters Gracie Gold and Evan Lysacek refuse to criticize Russian antiLGBT law; only Ashley Wagner speaks up
If Vlad Putin didn't intimidate U.S. figure skaters, the IOC and the USOC certainly did.
In Park City, Utah, today, skaters at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit were asked about the draconian antiLGBT legislation recently passed in Russia.
Only one of the three skaters quoted by the L.A. Times supported LGBTs: Ashley Wagner, who said, mildly: "For me, [the law] is not something I personally agree with."
Lysacek and Gold punted without uttering a syllable of support for LGBT athletes.
Perhaps Gold and Lysacek are a) homophobic, b) apathetic, c) compliant tools of the IOC and/or USOC or d) worried that Russian figure skating judges may already be starting to keep score.