Although she's vying for a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic snowboarding team, Hannah Teter, who won halfpipe gold in 2006, would forego a chance at another medal should someone successfully stage a nationwide boycott of the Sochi Winter Games, according to an Oct. 2 TIME article.
During an interview session at the U.S. Olympic Media Summit in Utah, the 26-year old Teter, who medaled in both the Torino and Vancouver Olympic Games, called Russia's controversial anti-gay laws "very inhumane" and "totally wrong." Though she admitted that it would be "hard to organize something like that so late" --the Sochi Games begin Feb. 7 and the Olympic torch is currently making its way toward Russia-- she would "definitely" be willing to take part in a boycott.
Teter is not the only high caliber athlete to speak out about the unpopular Russian laws. Alpine skiier Bode Miller, a five-time games medalist currently attempting to make his fifth U.S. squad, attacked the legislation on Oct. 1, calling it an embarrassment to humankind.
Steve Holcomb, who piloted his bobsled to the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, shared Teter and Miller's frustrations, but focused his attention on doing well in Sochi, claiming that a boycott is "exactly what the Russians want" and opining that "it would be so much better to go over there and kick their butt."
Holcomb's strategy is likely the most effective, given that U.S. officials have said that the nation's athletes will compete. The decision comes as a relief to famed diver Greg Louganis, who wrote that though he is "strongly opposed" to the law, not taking part in the Winter Games would send "the wrong message" and "only harm the hard-working athletes."
The 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi begin Feb. 7.