According to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press on Monday, Winnipeg speed skater Brittany Schussler, who will be a medal contender for Canada in the women's long track team pursuit speed skating competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, is getting harshly criticized in social media.
Schussler took a picture of herself with Russian president Vladimir Putin, put the image on her twitter page, and stated "I should have asked him to be my valentine."
Schussler has since deleted the tweet, but there are many that have expressed their views of dissatisfaction to what Schussler considered was a "joke".
On Monday, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko and figure skating star, came to Schussler's defense, and said "just because you pose with someone doesn’t mean you agree with what they’re doing. He was invited into Canada House and he was there to invite us into his country. Out of respect for him -- and he runs the country -- they’re being respectful to him. They’re having etiquette. There’s a forum to speak your mind on certain issues. They can speak their mind but this isn’t really the place for it. This is about the Olympics and bringing everyone together and promoting harmony and peace. That’s the whole point."
According to Lawless, Stojko's wife was also criticized for calling Putin "honourable."