Canadian Athletes to Battle Injuries & Anti-Gay Laws to Perform in Sochi Olympics 2014

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | February 4, 2014 4:03 PM EST

Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez skates during the figure skating training session at the Iceberg Skating Palace at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, January 31, 2014.
Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez skates during the figure skating training session at the Iceberg Skating Palace at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, January 31, 2014.

Canadian athletes have recently suffered significant injuries in the recent past. However, they seem to put all that behind as they plan to take a few days' rest and head to Sochi with fresh determination to give their best at the 2014 Olympic Games.

On the other hand, some of the most prolific athletes from the Canadian team are yet to recover from injuries. Therefore, there are possibilities that the number of gold medals which Canada may have possibly won will decrease.

Mark McMorris, the Canadian snowboarder, informed that he had recovered from his fractured rib which took place at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, on Jan 25. Even though it is going to be really painful for him to perform at the event, he is reportedly in "great spirits" at the moment. CTV News reported that the athletes would push their limits beyond human capabilities; according to physiologist Greg Wells.

However, injuries are not the only thing that may stand between Canadian athletes and their performance. The anti-homosexuality law in Russia is expected to cause tension as well. A significant move by the Canadian Olympic Committee was promoted heavily when it declared its support for athletes who participated in Pride events across the country last summer. It issued press releases as well as photos. It surely gives a clear message to Sochi authorities as there seems to a strong undercurrent of anti-gay strategies among them.

However, Canadian athletes are discouraged against any reservation they may have against Russian authorities which passed anti-gay legislation recently. They have apparently been asked to concentrate on their performances, according to Donna Spencer of The Canadian Press.

Marcel Aubut, the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said that there would be more focus on the Game rather than political campaigning against the homophobic legislature. He also said that the job of the athletes would be to perform to win medals. The committee has apparently convinced the Canadian athletes to concentrate only on their performance and nothing else.

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Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez skates during the figure skating training session at the Iceberg Skating Palace at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, January 31, 2014.
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