To the probable dismay of President Putin, an Austrian lesbian ski-jumper has become the second openly LGBT person to win a medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who is married to her partner, won the silver medal at the first-ever women’s ski-jump competition at the games.
She has, however, said that she hopes eventually things will change for the better for LGBT people in Russia.
“I hope for the future that the people now can see the sport as a chance to change something. That would be nice. Because everyone looks at Russia and its laws, and I think it’s a good idea to change something.”
Putin signed a law last June which bans the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors causing an outcry ahead of the Sochi games which are currently taking place.