Swedish Athlete Forced To Repaint Nails After Painting Them Rainbow In Support Of Gay Rights

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August 19, 2013
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MOSCOW -- The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in rainbow colors to support gay rights at the world championships took the field Saturday with bright red nail polish this time.

Emma Green Tregaro had been told by Swedish officials that the rainbow gesture, which brought international attention as a protest against Russia's new law against gay "propaganda," could be a violation of the competition's code of conduct.

"It was harder to not paint them in the rainbow than it was to choose to paint them," Green Tregaro said Saturday. "I'm surprised by the big reactions, but I'm happy about the big reaction because it's mostly been very positive."

The 28-year-old Green Tregaro won the bronze medal at the 2005 world championships, but she finished fifth Saturday at Luzhniki Stadium.

She said the Swedish track and field federation asked her to "please respect the rules" and change the color of her nails.

"So I decided to paint them red instead, for love," Green Tregaro said.