Sochi 2014: Introducing 4 out athletes who plan to compete

Belle Brockhoff

One of Australia’s top female snowboarders, Belle Brockhoff.

BY KEVIN MATTHEWS
Care2.com

Russia’s draconian anti-homosexual laws have prompted many calls to boycott the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but that doesn’t mean that the gay athletes themselves are planning to skip the festivities. Having trained all their lives for this moment, the athletes mainly just want the opportunity to compete.

However, many out gay athletes also aren’t looking to ignore the controversy altogether. Their hope is that their visibility at the Olympics will help to advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community around the world — whether overtly or implicitly.

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