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September 12, 2013

Olympic snowboarder denounces Russian anti-gay law

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The IOC has said athletes can express themselves before the Olympics and outside the games' venues, but that it doesn't want the games themselves used as a platform for demonstrations.

Wescott said he has female friends in snowboarding who are lesbians.

"They're wonderful human beings, and I think for them to be discriminated against is a crime," he said. "They should be able to be who they are and compete proudly. They represent our country incredibly well and they don't need to be the object of that kind of criticism and negativity."

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