Park City, Utah — Figure skating has a history of gay and lesbian athletes and coaches, so it was no surprise when skaters at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit in Park City, Utah, were asked about Russia's new anti-gay legislation.
"I'm so nervous to even talk about this," said Ashley Wagner, who said she has gay friends and family. "For me, [the law] is not something I personally agree with."
Other skaters were more cautious at a Monday morning news conference, saying only that they supported a USOC statement that encouraged American athletes to comply with the legislation but also characterized it as inconsistent with the Olympic movement.
"I really prefer to leave it up to them to comment," defending gold medalist Evan Lysacek said. "I feel one voice is most powerful."