USA TodayNew Zealand speedskater Blake Skjellerup is focused on making his second Olympic team. He got a taste of what to expect at the Winter Olympics, which begin one year from today, at a recent race in Sochi, Russia.

But he’s also concerned about the anti-gay legislation working its way through the Russian parliament. After competing in the 2010 Vancouver Games, Skjellerup publicly acknowledged he’s gay. …

Given the growing homophobia, openly gay Olympic athletes and others hoping to attend the Games have reason for concern. But U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir, a self-described “Russophile” who hopes to compete in his third Olympics in Sochi, isn’t worried.

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