Once Simon Thibodeau convinced himself that it was all right to be gay, and then to be open about it in front of others, he gathered his women’s tennis team in May at theUniversity of California, Santa Barbara. The dozen players in the room wondered why their head coach was so nervous.
Ovechkin was quite eager to talk to reporters about the the Nike designed jerseys and his desire to see Russia win gold, he seemed less so when questioned about the controversy surrounding Russia's anti-gay 'propaganda' ban.
Pretty much everyone in the democratic world denounced [anti-LGBT laws], which ban the adoption of Russian-born children to gay couples or anyone living in a country where marriage equality exists; allow the police to detain for 14 days foreigners suspected of being gay or even pro-gay; and classify homosexual “propaganda” as pornography. The last bit’s so broadly written that it could apply to anyone preaching tolerance.