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Podcast: What will Sochi look like for LGBT athletes and fans?

Will the Russian government or the IOC take action against LGBT athletes and fans in Sochi?

George Frey

Today we hit the topic that seems to have gripped the LGBT community: The anti-gay laws in Russia and how they will affect the Olympic Games. The calls for a boycott of the Games seem to be subsiding to the outer reaches of the LGBT community. It's also not going to happen.

We focus on how the Olympic Games in Sochi could unfold for LGBT athletes, coaches and fans. Could the Russian government actually arrest Olympians for holding hands or wearing rainbow pins? Or is it more likely that the IOC would take action against what they might deem "political speech" and remove the athletes themselves?

Either way, no one wants an international incident, which is what any action by the Russian police would create. But if someone tries to push the envelope, big fireworks could explode over Sochi in February.

Listen here: Outsports podcast August 2, 2013 - Gays and the Olympics