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Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Arrives in Sochi, Immediately Touts Support for Equality

Figure skater Ashley Wagner has arrived in Sochi and indicated the irony with which she views the Sochi decorating scheme and says she won't tone down her criticism of the country's anti-gay laws, USA Today reports:

Wagner"It doesn't really matter where I am, it's still my opinion. It's a very colorful venue, though. I think it's funny," Wagner said, laughing, after she finished her practice.

Asked if she was referring to the Sochi Games' rainbow-colored logo, which is plastered everywhere, she said yes.

"It's very rainbow colorful," she said. "I love it, I really do."

Wagner added that she is not going to be quiet if asked about the laws:

"I stand by what I've said before. I'm an athlete here at the games, there's only so much I can do," she said. "But I believe in equality for all. You're born with the right to be as equal as anyone else."

Wagner has been the most outspoken U.S. Olympic athlete when it comes to condemning Russia's anti-gay position.

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  1. That's my kind of girl!! Love her, and Good Luck and Godspeed Ashley!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Feb 5, 2014 10:28:02 AM

  2. Already a winner!

    Posted by: kit | Feb 5, 2014 10:34:32 AM

  3. Love her!

    Posted by: C.J. | Feb 5, 2014 10:41:46 AM

  4. She wins gold!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 5, 2014 10:42:01 AM

  5. She's amazing <3

    PS: Are the video ad's on here playing automatically for anyone else? It's really annoying.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 5, 2014 11:07:43 AM

  6. Good luck, Ms. Wagner. You're a great ally.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 5, 2014 11:10:12 AM

  7. She is FANTASTIC!!!!!

    Posted by: Jude | Feb 5, 2014 11:44:33 AM

  8. Thank you, Ms Wagner! As a gay American, I appreciate your support; knock 'em dead in Sochi!

    Posted by: DamFine | Feb 5, 2014 11:59:12 AM

  9. Where's that troll commenter on this blog who posts on every article saying women aren't gay men's friends? Haha.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 5, 2014 12:10:31 PM

  10. Love her!

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Feb 5, 2014 4:59:45 PM

  11. Thank you Ashley. Best of luck.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 5, 2014 5:34:47 PM

  12. I can't wait to cheer for her. She will always be GOLD to me.

    Posted by: Louis | Feb 5, 2014 11:41:35 PM

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