New Zealand Speedskater Says Russian Gay Law Won't Keep Him from Sochi

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Speed skater Blake Skjellerup is an underdog to win a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but he hopes to blaze a trail for other gay athletes by simply taking part. The 28-year-old New Zealander recently competed outside of Moscow, where he told Reuters he opposes a Russian law banning the spread of "gay propaganda" among minors but, unlike other critics who want a boycott of the Games, he says the best way to change the thinking behind the law is to compete.