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NBC's Harry Smith Sits Down with Andy Cohen and Brian Boitano to Talk about Gay Rights, Russia: VIDEO

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'Meet the Press' correspondent Harry Smith sat down with Bravo's Andy Cohen and figure skater Brian Boitano to talk about Russia, its anti-gay laws, and the Olympics.

Cohen commented on his decision to turn down a hosting gig at the Miss Universe pageant late last year:

"It seemed very disingenuous of me to go to Russia and do a travelogue about what a great time the pageant queens had in Moscow - what a wonderful city - when I could be stoned in a square for throwing out a gay flag."

Boitano is putting a lot of faith in the International Olympic Committee given the way it blew off concerns this year from LGBT activists and groups concerned about the anti-gay law.

Said Boitano:

"I truly believe the IOC will never again choose a country to have the Olympics in that doesn't have a good human rights record, or a country that is not tolerant."

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Rihanna Offers 'Principle 6' Support for LGBT Russians, Athletes at Sochi: PHOTO

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Rihanna is the latest celebrity to don the clothing of the Principle 6 campaign, created as a way to stand in solidarity with LGBT Russians and athletes during the Sochi Games and not violate the country's anti-gay propaganda laws.

Tweeting a photo from her Instagram account wearing a 'P6' cap, Rihanna linked to a Frank Bruni article on the campaign: "#P6 @voguemagazine @alexanderwangny @athleteally ----> http://bruni.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/fashion-fairness-and-the-olympics #AntiDiscrimination"

Rihanna has nearly 46 million followers on her Instagram and Twitter accounts combined.


Mo Sochi Mo Problems: VIDEO

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A must-watch mash-up of Sochi ills from DJ Steve Porter.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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