Former U.S. Olympian Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, an Alaskan snowboarder who missed the cut for Team USA in Sochi, followed through on one of her Olympic plans anyway.
The 24-year-old from Girdwood, Alaska, told the ESPN news program "Outside the Lines" that she is gay, a revelation she said she wanted to make during the Sochi Olympics, where gay rights have become an issue because of Russia's anti-gay laws.
"I realized coming out publicly isn't just about yourself but it's also about realizing the greater scope of what's going on and becoming a voice against something," Chythlook-Sifsof said. "It's important to come out and take a stand and show the world that it's not OK to be a bigot."
Chythlook-Sifsof, who at the 2010 Vancouver Games became the first Alaska Native to compete at the Olympics, is no stranger to speaking her mind. Last year, she wrote an anti-Pebble Mine op-ed piece for The New York Times.
In her interview with "Outside the Lines," which aired Friday, Chythlook-Sifsof said she won't be surprised if one or more athletes in Sochi defy Olympic rules that prohibit athletes from making political statements at the Games.
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