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No protest from gay speed skater Anastasia Bucsis at Sochi

No protest from gay speed skater Anastasia Bucsis at Sochi

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:14 Written by // Michael Magnusson

Canadian speed skater Anastasia Bucsis says she will not protest against Russia'a 'anti-gay' laws during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The 24-year-old, openly gay athlete said that her sole focus in on winning medals, not taking a stand against Russian legislation.

“(Protesting is) a thought that's not a part of my preparation for my race, so it honestly hasn't been on the forefront of my thoughts,” she told the sports media service Perform.

“(I am) just thinking about what I need to do to be the best on the day. I'm not going to protest.

“I'm not going to make any fuss. I'm here to compete as a speed skater and represent my country the best way I know how and just be proud to wear the maple leaf, so I believe that lending my face and my name to certain organisations or campaigns is more than enough.

“I can only speak for myself and I think I've done enough by just coming out. Im here to compete in the Games and I'm going to have fun and just be proud.”

Bucsis also said that she was not aware of any plans from other athletes to protest.

Openly gay gold medalist at the 1992 Olympics, Mark Tewksbury, who now mentors other Canadian athletes, said he understands her decision.

“That’s as far as she wants to go,” Tewksbury said.

“She doesn’t want to protest when she’s there. She feels that just coming out, and I agree with her, is making a big statement and is really all that she has to say now.”


Michael Magnusson

Michael Magnusson

Michael has written for the gay media for over a decade and has also written for a number of journals, magazines and street presses around Melbourne and websites around the world.

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