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Olympians speak out

Gay athletes, allies plan to make statement with words and competition

Updated: July 30, 2013, 4:42 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

When short-track speedskater Blake Skjellerup was training for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, he says he didn't feel comfortable enough to be out as a gay athlete to anyone except some family and friends until his races were over. As a boy growing up in Christchurch, New Zealand, he had been bullied and "driven further into the closet" by homosexual slurs that, to this day, "I really don't like to repeat."

He says he realized he was gay by the time he was 16. In subsequent years, ...

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