PARK CITY, Utah - Four-time Olympian Bode Miller, the greatest men's alpine skier in U.S. history, said Russia's anti-gay law showed an intolerance and ignorance that embarrassed him as a human being.
Miller, the winner of five Olympic medals, took one of the strongest verbal stands against Russia’s anti-gay legislation of any athlete to date.
``I think it is absolutely embarrassing there are countries and people who are that intolerant or that ignorant,” Miller told reporters Monday at the U.S. Olympic media summit. “It’s not the first time. We have been dealing with human rights issues since there were humans.
"My main emotion when I hear and deal with situations like that is embarrassment. As a human being, I think it is embarrassing.”
Miller also said it was “hypocritical and unfair” that athletes are told they cannot express views about such subjects at the Olympics.
“There are politics in sport and athletics,” he said. “They always are intertwined, even though people try to keep them separate. Asking an athlete to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of that philosophy and all the different crap that kind of goes along with it and then telling them they can’t tell them they express their views or they can’t say what they believe is pretty hypocritical and unfair."
Miller, 35, hopes to make the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after missing last season with a knee injury. He has won one gold, three silver and one bronze medal in the Olympics and a U.S. men's record 33 World Cup races.