In an advance clip from a feature interview that will run Feb 11 on Daily Xtra, Olympian Blake Skjellerup shares his heartbreak over failing to qualify for the Sochi Games.
As much as missing the chance to compete in his sport, he is also upset about the lost opportunity to advocate for LGBT rights in Russia.
Despite the setback, the New Zealand speedskater remains dedicated to fighting homophobia in sport and at the Olympics.
“I think you should really see more athletes making a statement and standing up,” he says. “These Olympics are important to me, but human rights are more important.”
“How special would it be to see the Olympic Games lead by example?” he asks.
Skjellerup was in Toronto promoting a new lounge being organized by PrideHouseTO.
Check back with Daily Xtra for our upcoming feature video interview with Skjellerup.