U.S. skier Bode Miller, a five-time medalist in the Olympics, spoke out earlier this week against the International Olympic Committee charter. While the IOC charter promises to uphold tolerance — a mission statement the head of the IOC claims is not violated by Russia’s law restricting gay rights — Miller sees the promises of the charter as being undermined by the Russian legislation.
Miller shared his thoughts at the United States Olympic Committee summit:
Asking an athlete to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of a philosophy and all the crap that goes along with it and then tell them they can’t express their views or say what they believe I think is pretty hypocritical.
My main emotion when I hear about stuff like that is embarrassment. As a human being I think it is embarrassing (Reuters).
While many officials involved in the 2014 Sochi Olympics are hoping the gay-rights issue will have died down by the time the events begin on February 7, it is unlikely the controversy will go away any time soon.