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Gay Olympian won’t speak out, but will protest anti-gay laws in Russia

Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff will be holding up six fingers every time a camera points at her, a sign to the oppressed LGBTI community in Russia
Australia's Belle Brockhoff has said she will not do anything too drastic to protest against Russia's anti-gay laws.

A gay Olympian has said while she will not speak out, but she will protest against anti-gay laws in Russia.

Australia’s Belle Brockhoff said she would never do anything to drastic to jeopardise her ‘Olympic dream’.

The snowboarder said her parents are incredibly worried for her safety while in Russia, with her mother concerned police will target her.

‘I'm not afraid to express my opinion after the Games, but I don't want any official to pull me aside or someone stop me at the border,’ she said.

Speaking to BBC Sport, she said she wants to support the LGBT community but because of restrictions from Olympics officials, she’s concerned about her place.

‘I'm not going to go around to every kid in Russia and say, “Hey, gay is OK.”

‘That's not why I'm there. I was never even thinking about doing that. I just want to support the LGBT community."’

The Australian is planning one silent form of protest, involving principle six of the IOC charter.

‘Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement,’ it reads.

Brockhoff said: ‘The most I'll do is put up six fingers when there is a camera on me, for principle six.

‘It is a way athletes and non-athletes can voice their opinions about discrimination without exactly protesting.’

But if she wins that gold medal, who knows what Brockhoff will do?

‘I'll make my opinion heard, but I also know that if I don't get a gold medal, most people won't care about my opinion,’ she said. ‘People only care about your opinion if you win gold, or if you've made it big-time before.’

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