If you were an athlete would you go to RUSSIA?

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    Aug 15, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    If you were a winter Olympic athlete, would YOU go to RUSSIA?
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    Aug 15, 2013 7:47 PM GMT
    YUP!
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    Aug 15, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    Yes. icon_smile.gif
  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:03 PM GMT
    Absolutely.

    If gays are really concerned about discrimination, we can start right here in our communities. No way I would give up my life's dream for those who can't sweep around their own front door first.

    I would slam Russia for its institutionalized homophobia all the way to the finish line, but I'd definitely go.
  • Pontifex

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:09 PM GMT
    Aggieboy saidIf you were a winter Olympic athlete, would YOU go to RUSSIA?

    I'd be at the opening ceremonies waving a rainbow flag if my team mates wouldn't feel it was too big of a distraction and challenge the Russians to do something about it in front of the world.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    Nope.

    I'd also be pushing for the rest of my team-mates to boycott it too. And my friends and family, I'd ask them not to go and give the russian economy a boost. Anyone here remember the 'power of the pink pound'? Let's use it again.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    Yes, because my goal will be to get a medal.
  • Pontifex

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    Pontifex said
    Aggieboy saidIf you were a winter Olympic athlete, would YOU go to RUSSIA?

    I'd be at the opening ceremonies waving a rainbow flag if my team mates wouldn't feel it was too big of a distraction and challenge the Russians to do something about it in front of the world.

    I hope Beau will wait for you while you're in Siberia.


    I doubt Russia would do something stupid with that many cameras around. Then again... It is Russia.
  • HottJoe

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    Fuck no. They don't deserve the best in the world, and I'd feel good about snubbing them. Instead, I'd take to the media and probably get a lot of support, and backlash, but I wouldn't regret it for a minute.

    Life is about the journey, and sometimes you get more out of it when you steer off the beaten path.
  • Whipmagic

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    If I was qualified to participate in the Olympics, I absolutely would. It's a once in a lifetime experience. I would wear a rainbow sticker or something, though.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:29 PM GMT
    Olympic athletes train for years to compete in the games. It's the most important event in their lives. Nevertheless, I'd be scared to go to Russia given the current state of affairs regarding gays. The last thing on earth anyone needs is to go to Russia expecting to compete and then wind up languishing in a Russian gulag.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    I would go to Russia. The Olympics are a once and a lifetime opportunity for most athletes. I don't believe my sexuality should determine what I can or cant do.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    i would still love to visit Russia even if there was no olympics. Such an interesting place.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    Import saidi would still love to visit Russia even if there was no olympics. Such an interesting place.


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  • madsexy

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    If I couldn't get them boycotted and make them feel the pain of losing the Olympics due to their oppressive and evil position on gays, then you bet your ass I'd be there, showing my "PRIDE" (which I guess I never really put in context until this thought) as obviously as I could. I'd do whatever I could to help the world see what's wrong there.

    I know, easy for me to say. I'm not an athlete and don't have the forum to execute what I just asserted.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    Dekiruman said
    Import saidi would still love to visit Russia even if there was no olympics. Such an interesting place.


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    i would really like to see a traditional communist style flat....u know the whole block housing thing that is so synonomous with Russia during world war II. Would fuckin love to see that first hand. anywhere in eastern europe really. Or maybe some really depressing siberian factory town where everyone literally looks like fucking shit.
    That'd be cool to see for a few days.
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    Aug 15, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    Bien sure, je vais
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    Aug 15, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    Yes,

    I would love to be an example to gay athletes or other gays. You should not allow your sexuality identity or allow homophobic individuals from chasing your PERSONAL dreams .
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 16, 2013 12:00 AM GMT
    Yes.

    If chosen to go and represent my country, I`d go. I might only get one go at a gold medal in my sport.

    A gesture of solidarity with the gay men and women of Russia would be necessary, too; the more, the better.
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    Aug 16, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    I don't know, it would really be a tough call. On one hand, it's important to stand on principle and not going would say a lot. But, on the other hand, going to the Olympics is something that might only be a one time deal, so it would be hard to throw that away. I'd probably go, do my best in my event and then come back to my home to be a spokesperson on rights and fairness. If you can gain a platform, that goes a long way towards putting out a good message overall.
  • tazzari

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    Aug 16, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    I've thought long and hard about this. I'm a three-time Olympic coach (skiing) so I have a very good idea what the athletes have put into it, and for some it will be the last chance. So we can't boycott, nor is there time to move the Olympics (which the IOC wouldn't even think of).

    I feel that the athletes should take a stand - perhaps a pre-departure statement of solidarity - and wouldn't it be perfect is the athletes elected a gay athlete to carry the flag in the opening ceremony? No further demonstration would be needed - word would get out.

    Write to the USOC.
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    Aug 16, 2013 12:27 AM GMT
    Yes, without a second thought.

    But...the Winter Olympics is sort of a 2nd-rate event anyway. Most events don't really seem like sports to me, with the exception of speed skating, cross-country skiing, and hockey...
    (Not to say the participants aren't athletic)
  • Timbales

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    Aug 16, 2013 12:36 AM GMT
    I can only imagine what it must be like to be a gay athlete, your life is your training and your sport,and have to be worried for your basic safety. It must be a horrible position to be in.
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    Aug 16, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    Of course I would go to Russia if I had been selected to represent my country at the Winter Olympics. We forget history. In 1936 at the Olympics held in Nazi Germany an African American track and field athlete represented the USA and won gold. By that fact and in the face of Adolph Hitler he trumped the widely held prejudice of Aryan ("Caucasian") physical and mental superiority espoused by the Nazis and their open and closeted supporters. That athlete was Jesse Owens - who faced prejudice at home but still went to Germany to strike a blow against institutionalized and internalized prejudice in his home country (the USA) and in Germany. You could be sure that Germany noticed - it is reported that Adolph Hitler left the games early after Jesse Owens won the main race. I hope you see the parallel with the current situation of the Winter Olympics in Russia. Go!