Medal-Winning Olympic Snowboarder Seth Wescott Speaks Out Against Russia

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Two-time Olympic gold-medal winner Seth Wescott spoke out on Wednesday criticizing the International Olympic Committee for selecting and sticking with hosting the Olympic Games in Sochi Russia. The snowboarder first thinks that Sochi hasn’t proven itself capable of holding the Olympics, infrastructure wise, and also feels that their anti-gay laws are a violation of human rights. “The human rights stuff that’s going on, there’s a potential for it to be an incredibly negatively overshadowed Olympics,” he told The Associated Press. Wescott continues by saying that he has female friends in the sport who are lesbians: “They’re wonderful human beings, and I think for them to be discriminated against is a crime,” he said. “They should be able to be who they are and compete proudly. They represent our country incredibly well and they don’t need to be the object of that kind of criticism and negativity.” [ESPN]

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