Wescott criticizes Russian law

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


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