It wasn't such a great idea to have Sochi as a host city - the area is subtropical and mean daytime temperature in March is 9.6 įC, just under 50 F. Why didn't they make, let's say Tomsk
the candidate city?
Okay, they're planning to run most of the actual outdoor sports events up in the Caucasus, but the setup of the bid still looks a bit strained and prone to the risk of not getting sufficient snow and cold - or earthquakes. And if they'd hosted it in central Siberia one could have had cross-country and ski jumping events in the Altai range - cooler, snowier and with a long legacy in winter sports and winter tourism. And much less prone to earthquakes.
Well, from the link in the OP - which is all I know about it, so my information may well be incomplete - the bill only criminalises spreading "homosexual propaganda". It doesn't criminalise homosexuality itself. Sure, it remains to be seen how widely that net is drawn (I can imagine a situation where an LGB athlete garners Usain Bolt levels of media attention and that being viewed as propaganda, for example).
*nods* We'll get to see how far the Russian police and authorities are going to enforce this at and around the games.
What counts as a clearly public display of affection (if that's how it's phrased in the law) is always going to depend on the local culture, and Russians are more unabashedly physical and showy in what counts as normal gesture repertory than people in many other parts of the world: bear hugs, rambling, loud and raucous gabbing sessions in semi-public where everyone seems to be talking into each other's mouths, over-the-top threats or oaths that are not meant to be taken literally and so on.
I agree it would be amazing if we'd get a situation kind of analogous to Jesse Owens in Berlin, where a gay or lesbian athlete makes a big smash - though Russian tv would not be reporting his/her orientation.