Cornish's Olympic dream is to see gay Canadian win gold in Sochi

Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders takes a hard hit from Tyron Brackenridge of the Saskatchewan...

Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders takes a hard hit from Tyron Brackenridge of the Saskatchewan Roughriders during CFL action in Calgary, Alta. on Saturday October 26, 2013. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

CALGARY - Just because Jon Cornish’s track career ended long ago doesn’t mean his Olympic dream is dead.

Fact is Canada’s reigning athlete of the year has very strong feelings on what he hopes to see in Sochi over the next 17 days.

“I think it would be truly awesome if we had a gay athlete win a medal,” said the 29-year-old Calgary Stampeders running back on the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“I know we don’t have a lot of gay athletes that are out, but it would be nice for something to happen — win a gold medal and head back to Canada to celebrate, and someone comes out and announces that. I think it would be a huge boon for all gay athletes.”

Cornish’s stance is one shared by many people given the stunningly out of touch anti-gay laws put in place by Russian president Vladimir Putin a year ahead of the Olympics.


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