Nice that you can feel free to express yourself on this and other topics without fear of being beaten and hauled off to a detention camp. Rights that many of us take for granted did not exist for decades in the Czech Republic and don't exist in N. Korea.
FYI, Tomas is not an "obscure private citizen" in his home country but a fairly well known sporting figure.
Although I don't have a problem with Tomas skating in N. Korea I do understand why others could. That is the difference between us.
I remember the fur activists getting on Johnny before the Olympics. It seemed kind of silly and although I don't wear fur it doesn't bother me if others choose too. But that's just me. Others are free to feel differently and in an open society are able to voice dissent.
Personally I think the world is better off when people are free to protest. Or free to disagree with the protesters.
Heads of state in most countries have to consider their actions more carefully due to a free press and various organizations that watch out for human rights and even animal rights.
If presidents and prime ministers are fair game for journalists and protest groups then it seems fair that sporting figures should be too. Even skaters