Canadian speed skater Anastasia Bucsis, who is likely headed for a spot on her Olympic team this winter, says she is "proud to be gay."
Bucsis, 24, told the Globe and Mail newspaper that she came out two years ago to family and friends, but felt compelled to speak publicly as tensions rise over Russia's so-called gay propaganda law.
“I could never promote that message of concealing who you are with all of this going on in Russia. I’m kind of happy that I did it on my own terms,” the long-track speed skater said.
"I…have faith in Russia," she said. "I think — I hope — that things will get better.