Wescott criticizes Russian law

Snowboarder Seth Wescott warns Russia's anti-gay law could tarnish Sochi Games

Two-time Olympic gold-medal winner Seth Wescott says the Winter Olympics in Russia could be tarnished because of Russian legislation that bans gay ''propaganda.''

Wescott told The Associated Press on Wednesday that there's potential for February's games in Sochi (SOH'-chee) to be a ''negatively-overshadowed Olympics'' because of Russia's law prohibiting promotion of ''nontraditional'' sexual relations. Activists have denounced the law and called for a boycott of the games.

Wescott, who lives in western Maine, won gold medals in snowboard cross in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics and hopes to qualify for Sochi.

The IOC and the Sochi Olympics media office didn't immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The head of the Sochi Olympics asked the IOC on Sunday to help ''stop this campaign and this speculation'' related to the anti-gay law.