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Gay Olympian Documentary To Air On EPIX, Shot In Secret During Sochi

Blake Skjellerup

The presence of gays and gay athletes in Sochi, Russia during the Winter Olympics was a source of a never-ending stream of news stories, both the tragic and the triumphant. During all of this, director Noam Gonick collected secret footage for To Russia With Love, a documentary about gay athletes and those in Sochi in particular.

The filming had to be done in secret in order to protect the gay athletes who participated from retribution at the hands of the Russian government.

The documentary will air on October 22nd on the pay-cable channel EPIX, will include interviews from athletes such as Billie Jean King, Blake Skjellerup, and Greg Louganis; is produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn's Sundance Productions; and will be hosted by former ice skater Johnny Weir.

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  1. Sounded really interesting until you got to "Hosted by Johnny Weir". Will he wear his Russian Military uniform? Or maybe he will call people who object to Russia "idiots" again. Truly a stupid choice for host.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 10, 2014 7:48:40 AM

  2. Obviously the show runners are clueless when it comes to choosing a host. Vladimir Weir = stupid & insulting choice

    Posted by: Russ | Jul 10, 2014 8:43:29 AM

  3. Lost me on Johnny Weir. Was Eva Braun unavailable?

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jul 10, 2014 9:16:01 AM

  4. I agree with the above comments. Sounded interesting until I encountered the name of quisling Johnny Weir.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 10, 2014 9:45:12 AM

  5. Not Weir, the Putin apologist. That shows the film makers were under-researched.

    Posted by: radtastic | Jul 10, 2014 9:47:03 AM

  6. Unanimous vote against Johnny Weir. He's our own Miss America: Easy on the eye and good intentioned, but patently dumb.

    Posted by: AFFICIONADO | Jul 10, 2014 10:12:51 AM

  7. love weir!!!!!

    Posted by: will | Jul 10, 2014 10:57:56 AM

  8. Is that Blake S. in the pic? Whomever, he's cute as hell.

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 10, 2014 11:08:17 AM

  9. I was interested UNTIL Weir. Won't be watching it now.

    Posted by: Janice | Jul 10, 2014 12:46:25 PM

  10. Weir told his critics before Sochi that there are more than one way of fighting for the LGBt community in Russia, and that he was fighting his own way. Indeed he did. While gay bloggers were bashing him as a traitor he was secretly filming this documentary (not just hosting it--he's an executive producer of the film). Had he not been in Sochi parts of the documentary could probably not have been filmed at all. At least the film will keep the plight of gay athletes and of the Russian LGBT community in the media long after the Olympics are over, which is a lot more than Weir's loudest critics have achieved.

    Posted by: Daisy | Jul 10, 2014 4:00:36 PM

  11. Damn, crush me with those thighs man!

    Posted by: Brandon H | Jul 10, 2014 6:18:45 PM

  12. You had me at Johnny mean you had me until Johnny Weir.

    Posted by: Mitch | Jul 11, 2014 12:17:13 AM


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