Robbie Rogers: Sochi boycott would deny athletes of Olympic dream

By Evan Hilbert |

Former Olympian and openly gay professional soccer player Robbie Rogers penned a column for USA Today in which he denounced the idea of a boycott of the Sochi Olympics.

The notion of boycotting the games has been bandied about in protest of Russia's anti-LGBT laws.

"If I were eligible to compete in the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia," Rogers wrote, "I'd go with pride to represent the United States of America."

Rogers has represented the U.S. as a member of the 2008 Olympic team, and he looks back his time in Beijing fondly. Due to this, Rogers would rather not deprive fellow athletes of the same experience.

"I couldn't imagine supporting a boycott of the Sochi Olympics," Rogers goes on to say, "that would deny any fellow athletes the opportunity to do what I did then: to compete against the world's best, to fulfill the dream of a lifetime, to set an example for the world, to make our friends, families, and country proud of our accomplishments."

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