Seth Wescott denounces Russian anti-gay law

1:45 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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CLARKE CANFIELD
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Two-time Olympic gold-medal winner Seth Wescott says the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia could be tarnished because of Russian legislation that bans gay "propaganda."

Wescott told The Associated Press on Wednesday that there's potential for February's games in Sochi, Russia, to be a "negatively-overshadowed Olympics" because of Russia's law prohibiting promotion of "nontraditional" sexual relations. Activists have denounced the law and called for a boycott of the games.

Wescott, who lives in western Maine, won gold medals in snowboard cross in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.

He says he's sufficiently recovered since undergoing knee surgery last April to attempt to qualify for the Olympics during races in December and January.

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