Olympics roundup: USOC, athletes speaking out against Russian anti-gay law

Henrik Zetterberg will likely play ice hockey in the Olympic Games. He has criticized the Russian anti-gay law. - Gregory Shamus

The USOC says the Russian law isn't consistent with the Olympic Games. Swedish hockey players from the NHL oppose the law. And what will NBC do?

U.S. Olympic Committee Clarifies: Russian Law Is "Inconsistent With" Olympic Principles
"[R]estricting the right to act and speak in support of the LGBT community are inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic...

Olympic hopefuls respond to Russian anti-gay laws | For The Win
Responses range from outrage to confusion to support in anticipation of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

USOC Statement Regarding Olympic And Paralympic Winter Games In Sochi
"We fully support the comments today from President Obama rejecting calls to boycott the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Russia. The Games bring people together. They unite the world and break down barriers..."

Zetterberg, Hedman criticize Russian anti-gay laws | The Score
Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman and Swedish forward Henrik Zetterberg are all but guaranteed a spot on the men's hockey team at the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. They've also gone on the record in the Swedish press lately criticizing Russia's controversial anti-gay laws.

Hayley Wickenheiser running for election to the International Olympic Committee | 680News
She’s joined other athletes in criticizing Russia’s recent anti-gay laws. “I think most athletes in the free world think it’s wrong what Russia has done,” Wickenheiser said recently. “The Olympics is really one of the only places in the world where people should be free to get along and perform in harmony.

Russian Olympic Village "mayor": Gay Olympians not "normal" (video)
Russia's Olympic Village "mayor" Yelena Isinbayeva says gay and trans Olympians are not "normal," and are now a "problem."

Ice Skaters Plan to Stand Against Russia's Gay Law at Olympics - Richard Solash - The Atlantic
With the International Olympic Committee's stance on the issue unclear, athletes are concerned about how their behavior will be received.

U.S. Olympic Committee doesn’t like Russia’s anti-gay law, asks athletes to comply with it anyway - Salon.com
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun also refused to comment on American runner Nick Syymonds' protest against the law

For Sochi’s Sake, NBC Can’t Ignore Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws | TIME.com
Any TV network airing major sporting events, by nature, faces a conflict of interest. You pay millions of dollars for the rights to broadcast big events, so there's little economic incentive to report news, or air programming, which reflect badly on the games you're endlessly promoting.

Will NBC's Financial Interests Bias Its Coverage Of Russia's Anti-Gay Olympic Controversy? | Blog | Media Matters for America
NBC has faced increasing pressure to report on Russia's harsh anti-gay laws - including a measure that bans vaguely defined pro-gay "propaganda" - during its coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this February.

Stephen Colbert on Russian Olympics & the gay
Stephen Colbert weighs in on the growing debacle over Russia's threat to jail gay and gay-friendly Olympic athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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