Olympic Skier Bode Miller Slams Russia's Antigay Laws

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com October 01 2013 5:53 PM ET

Olympic skier Bode Miller said he thinks Russia's antigay laws are "embarrassing" and that it is "hypocritical and unfair" that athletes are being advised by the International Olympic Committee not to speak out about the laws.

"I think it is absolutely embarrassing there are countries and people who are that intolerant or that ignorant," he said Monday at the U.S. Olympic media summit, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It’s not the first time. We have been dealing with human rights issues since there were humans. My main emotion when I hear and deal with situations like that is embarrassment. As a human being, I think it is embarrassing."

Miller, 35, has competed in four previous Olympic games and is considered to be one of the best alpine skiers in U.S. history with 33 World Cup wins and five Olympic medals. Though he spent last season injured, he is angling to qualify for the 2014 team competing in Sochi, Russia.