Openly gay Olympians, past and present

Despite a prevailing Russian propaganda law that bans discussion of gay rights and relationships in front of minors, several gay athletes plan to attend and compete in Sochi's Winter Olympics. LGBT rights groups have planned several gestures to counter the law without breaking it: carrying rainbow flags, holding hands during ceremonies, and even wearing hoodies quoting Principle 6 of the Olympic charter, which prohibits discrimination in any form during the Games. According to the International Olympics Committee, athletes will be able to make statements against the laws in press conferences, but may face charges if they do so on the podium or in Olympic venues. -- Chelsea Evers

Belle Brockhoff

Australian snowboard cross competitor Belle Brockhoff is the only openly gay athlete on the 2013 Australian Winter Olympic team. Brockhoff says she refuses to mask her identity when she heads to Sochi. "I'm not happy and there's a bunch of other Olympians who are not happy either," Brockhoff said. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan talks to his coach Brian Orser in the men's short program during day one of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2013/2014 at Marine Messe Fukuoka on December 5, 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

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Blake Skjellerup

Blake Skjellerup, New Zealand, Short Track. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

P&G & Wal-Mart "Tribute to American Legends of the Ice"

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Brian Boitano skates during the P&G & Wal-Mart "Tribute to American Legends of the Ice" at Izod Center on December 11, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Johnny Weir of USA skating during the men's short program of 2012 Finlandia Trophy Espoo International figure skating competition in Espoo, Finland, Friday Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA, Antti Aimo-Koivisto) FINLAND OUT - NO SALES

Caitlin Cahow

Anastasia Bucsis

British Diving Press Conference

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on during an interview at the London Aquatics Centre on January 22, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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