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04/19/2007


Here's Video of Bisexual Gold Medalist Speedskater Ireen Wüst 'Cuddling' Vladimir Putin: WATCH

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Yesterday, activist group Queer Nation came down hard on Dutch gold medalist speedskater Ireen Wüst after she gave an interview to Dutch media and expressed excitement about "cuddling" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Said Wüst:

"I got a cuddle from him. He congratulated me and asked if everything was OK in Russia and I congratulated him on (Russian speedskater) Olga Graf, of course, for her third place (in the 3,000 meters). He was happy to see me, but then he had to leave again. But I cuddled him."

Wrote Queer Nation's Duncan Osborne in a press release:

“The Olympic athletes have said that they will not make political statements during the Games yet that is exactly what Ireen Wust did. By embracing Vladimir Putin, a man who has trampled on the human rights of LGBT Russians, political dissidents, artists, undocumented immigrants, and others in Russia, Wust has endorsed his fascist agenda....LGBT Russians and political dissidents are showing us what courage and commitment look like. Embracing Vladimir Putin is a betrayal of that courage and commitment. Wust should be ashamed of herself. Every athlete in Sochi should understand that the whole world is watching. We cannot make the athletes show the sort of courage that LGBT Russians display, but we will not be silent and we will not forget if the athletes embrace Putin.”

Now, video has emerged of Wüst's 'cuddle' with the Russian leader.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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U.S. Olympian Records Insane GoPro Video Of The Luge Track At Sochi: VIDEO

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Matt Mortenson, an American doubles luger competing at the Sochi Games, recorded a video of the Olympic luge track at the Sanki Sliding Center when it first opened for training a little over a year ago. According to Business Insider, the track is slower than the track from the 2010 Vancouver Games--an altogether terrifying thought.

Ride along for an adrenaline fueled journey at 80 miles per hour AFTER THE JUMP...

Warning for those of you who get motion sick: you may want to take a Dramamine before watching.

On a side note, like Christian Niccum, Mortensen also spoke out yesterday regarding his displeasure over the viral ad from The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion which comments on Russia's anti-gay laws by depicting luging in a sexual way, the NYT reports:

 “For some reason,” he said, “whether it’s Jimmy Kimmel or Conan O’Brien or anyone, doubles luge is always the target. It’s never about football players taking a snap or whatever. We’ve heard all this stuff before.”

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Olympic Snowboarder Brodown: PHOTO

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Norwegian snowboarder Stale Sandbech posted this chummy photo to his Instagram yesterday, writing:

"Heavy brodown with the bro's! @markmcmorris @sagekotsenburg"

McMorris is a Canadian snowboarder and Kotsenburg is the U.S. snowboarder who won the first gold medal in Snowboard Slopestyle this week.


American Olympian Christian Niccum Rips Viral Ad Which Depicts Luging as Gay Sport: VIDEO

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American Olympic luger Christian Niccum is angry about the now viral spot from The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion which comments on Russia's anti-gay laws by depicting luging in a sexual way, Reuters reports:

Niccum"It's a gross misrepresentation of everything. All of it seems like a lie to me," Niccum, the oldest member of the American luge team at 36 and now a three-time Olympian, told Reuters.

Added Niccum of the ad, which is set to the Human League's "Don't You Want Me":

"To compare sports to sexuality is ridiculous...When we were kids I didn't get on the doubles sled thinking, well it never even crossed my mind, that 'oh, this is gay'. You think of like...wrestlers...football players, or whoever...'oh it's male on male contact so something is going on'. It's just sportsmanship. When did we come so sexual about everything? Kids don't think that way and now they're having commercials and promoting that this is the way sports are. I just think it's too bad. It made me really think when I was a kid. Those types of thoughts never crossed my mind and now they are promoting diversity using our sport. I don't think it's fair for people that do have same sex attraction that they are using sport to promote their lifestyle. It's not that way at all. To make those comparisons, I think it's sad."

You can view the spot, which has been viewed more than 4.8 million times, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Queer Nation Denounces Bisexual Olympic Gold Medalist Ireen Wüst for 'Cuddling' Putin

Yesterday we reported that Dutch speedskater Ireen Wüst, who is bisexual, won gold at the Sochi Games and afterward "cuddled" with Putin, according to Dutch media reports.

I-wustMembers of the activist group Queer Nation are condemning Wüst.

Via press relase:

“The Olympic athletes have said that they will not make political statements during the Games yet that is exactly what Ireen Wust did,” said Duncan Osborne, a member of Queer Nation. “By embracing Vladimir Putin, a man who has trampled on the human rights of LGBT Russians, political dissidents, artists, undocumented immigrants, and others in Russia, Wust has endorsed his fascist agenda.”

Citing a report from Dutch television network NOS, ABC News reported on February 10 that Wust met Putin at a party in her honor after she won gold in the 3,000 meter event on February 9.

"I got a cuddle from him," said Wust, who has been identified in published reports as an out lesbian, according to ABC News. "He congratulated me and asked if everything was OK in Russia and I congratulated him on (Russian speed skater) Olga Graf, of course, for her third place (in the 3,000 meters). He was happy to see me, but then he had to leave again. But I cuddled him."

As the Olympics opened in Russia, over 60 activists, including LGBT activists, were arrested in several Russian cities while protesting over a number of issues.

“LGBT Russians and political dissidents are showing us what courage and commitment look like,” said Osborne. “Embracing Vladimir Putin is a betrayal of that courage and commitment. Wust should be ashamed of herself. Every athlete in Sochi should understand that the whole world is watching. We cannot make the athletes show the sort of courage that LGBT Russians display, but we will not be silent and we will not forget if the athletes embrace Putin.”


UK’s Channel 4 Rebrands In Rainbow Colors, Wishes Olympic Athletes ‘Good Luck on Gay Mountain’ – VIDEO


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During Friday’s opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics, UK’s Channel 4 embraced the rainbow in a show of support for gay athletes and to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Channel-4-rainbow-logo-fo-008The Guardian reports the rebranded on-screen logo was joined by a cabaret-style prime time TV ad wishing good luck to all the gay athletes competing on “gay mountain.”

Check out the insanely catchy ad (complete with gay Putin cameo), AFTER THE JUMP

Last week’s Google Doodle was a similarly rebranded rainbow in support of gay rights in Russia.

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