Gay Austrian athlete says fuss over Russia law is exaggerated

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ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Lesbian Austrian ski jumper and gay rights advocate Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says public reaction to a Russian law banning homosexual propaganda among minors had been exaggerated and that she wants to focus on sport at the Winter Olympic.

Iraschko-Stolz, 30, married her lesbian partner last year, becoming a rare Austrian athlete to come out openly as gay. Stolz is her partner’s surname.

Russia has come under heavy international criticism for a law banning the spread of “gay propaganda” among minors.

Asked ahead of her competition in the mountains above Sochi whether she was worried about the law, Iraschko-Stolz replied: “No, on the contrary, I think everything is being blown up bigger than it is. I had a very good welcome like every other athlete. There were absolutely no problems.”

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