Your constant homophobic and bigoted comments, on the other hand, actually are offensive.
Anyone who wants to use the spotlight of the Sochi Olympics for their own political gains is totally selfish and offensive at the best!
You want to see countries with more "positive, inclusive ideals" do well...and who would that be? (Though if you were suggesting medals for Team Australia, I wouldn't argue. )
Brava to Angela M. taking a firm public stance against the Russian law. This is all I can say, as her move does not appear to involve the athletes directly.
I live in Russia, I don't like Putin and I haven't voted for him but STILL I find such comments, as let Russian athletes lose because we want good countries to win, quite offensive. It's like every Russian is homophobic and so on.. Oh, I forgot. I live on vodka and balalaika music, no?Of cooooourse I'm a redneck cause I'm Russian, yeeah? So, I find it sad when people judge the whole country for the action of their president =/ Prejudice-prejudice..
PS - Sorry for this post
Back on topic. I don't think Russia cares for what Germany does. It is not a few countries dictate the Olympics anymore.
I love Russia's rich culture. I cannot wait to see the Sochi Olympics and the cultural reports of this country on my TV!
I remember a few months back at the height of the the so called Sochi Gay Rights etc. that political trolls were registering then asking why the threads were moved to politics thread , then some were even asking why they need a minimum post before they can post in politics thread,
seriously this is GS for figure skating !!!!!
btw, where have most of them gone now ? they just magically disappear
and will probably come back by February just in time to spew another political propaganda
We mentioned Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe, two black athletes who won in Germany in 1936, earlier on this thread. It's also important to remember long jumper Lutz Long, of Germany, who is reputed to have befriended Jesse Owens with some advice before a jump. Owens won the gold, and Long won the silver in that event. Sports is one place where adversarial countries can meet and maybe lessen tensions, and it's crucial that this remains a possibility.
In fact, isn't that what the Olympics is meant to be about, in part?
Joachim Gauck, and he is the one who doesn't want to attend Sochi. Which is completely in his rights to do so. But nobody expects the athletes to follow that example. I mean, that would be totally unfair. And hey, Germany happily participated at Beijing in 2008. Pretty much hyprocite if they start to cry foul game now at the Winter Olympics. I just think of the athletes first and I think it is unfair to hold them to anything political. Sometimes you just have to wonder why some countries are chosen though. Quatar for the football world cup is one of the worst countries imaginable and yet.....but it is not in the hand of the athlete to decide that. They just want their moment and they should get it. It is hard work to get there.
I'm really of two minds about this whole thing. Normally, I'd say no. Don't boycott the athletes, the've worked too hard for politics to interfere. Just talk to athlete who couldn't compete in Moscow because of the 1980 boycott or in LA because of the 1984 boycotts. It's not fair to them. I certainly agree that wishing the athletes, who work their whole lives for this moment to suffer for the actions of their politicians is cruel and ignorant. They dedicate their whole lives to the Olympics, why should they pay?
In this case, I understand a boycott more as the laws may put those of the gay athletes, and the gay people in attendance etc in danger, which is more serious. I hope that whoever skates the best wins at the Olympics, whether it's S/S or V/T. I'm glad S/S are going to Sochi, since this will be their last year it would be sad for them to miss the Olympics. I think it would be a stronger message if a country with major human rights issues aren't chosen to host the Olympics. The Olympics is supposed to be about uniting the world in the name of sport, and human rights records should be a consideration.