Gay Ski Jumper Explains 'No One Cares' About LGBT Protest Comment
Many were thrown by Daniela Iraschko-Stolz's seeming ambivalence to LGBT rights in Russia when the openly gay Austrian ski jumper, who's legally married to a woman, seemingly claimed that "no one cares" about pro-LGBT demonstrations in Russia and asserted that it wasn't a good idea to protest.
Now she's clarifying her statement following her silver medal win on Tuesday in the women's ski jump.
"The question was, 'Would I make a protest?'" Iraschko-Stolz said. "And I said, 'Nobody cares if I make a protest or if I don't jump here, because I'm not the most important person in the world. Nobody cares if I jump.' This was my statement."
A strong blowback to her comments on Feb. 9 left Iraschko-Stolz feeling "shocked," she said.
"I would never say that. I fight a lot in my life, for my sport and for my love."
Rather than make her sexuality a secondary topic, Iraschko-Stolz said Tuesday she hopes her successful event can help add a positive note to a contentious conversation.
"When you are in the media, many people maybe knew my name and also knew that I am married with a woman," she said. "And now the Olympic Games are here in Russia and they will end here 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."
What do you think of Iraschko-Stolz's explanation, Instincters? Was she misinterpreted? Misjudged?
Is she correct?