How do we as a nation respond to this? Boycott? This would amount to punishing our athletes who have trained long and hard for this once in a lifetime event. Not to mention those businesses and people in Russia who would benefit from the economic spinoff and had nothing to do with that misguided legislation. Diplomatic posturing and censure? Probably what it will come down to.
I despise discrimination. I can only hope for a Jesse Owens moment. Owens was a black American track and field athlete who, at the 1936 Summer olympics in Berlin, won four gold medals. His feat was a smack to the chops to his host's air of smug Aryan supremacy. Maybe just maybe a gay athlete will haul in a couple of golds. A very superficial victory perhaps but very satisfying nonetheless. —Reg LeCrisp