Report: German president boycotting Sochi Olympics

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  • shadow01 ,
    Dec. 9, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    @JWB and Washcomom
    OK, Gauck is protesting by not attending the games. I think that is a great statement on Russia's human rights issues. However, the article refers only to Gauck's attendance at the games, not the athletes. The athletes will attend the games and compete unless the DOSB make makes the decision that the athletes will not participate. I don't see that as a likely scenario. The athletes from Germany are great competitors and have indeed been training hard and truly deserve to participate in the athletic events. Leave the politics to the politicians and keep it out of the games.
    A further note......USA! USA! USA!!!!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    Putin could care less that the German President is not showing up. Just like he could care less if Obama didn't show up.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Dec. 9, 2013 9:42 a.m. we go again. It's so frustrating for athletes to train hard for the Olympics, only to have their dreams dashed by a political issue. Sadly, will the boycott really make a difference? Or will another country just come in and swoop up the prized medals?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    The United States has gone through a similar process and it does send a message to the world. Having lived in Germany in 1971-72 while Germany was preparing for their Olympics and then to have the terrorists pick apart their games. Germany definitely knows about that kind of sentiment and the feelings of participants and countries that played in those games. Russia has been a neighbor through communism for years, decades and a century. Germany has made mistakes but they also have conviction.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    This is a tough one. The athletes have trained long and hard for the chance to compete and deserve that chance. On the other hand, Russia's human rights violations need to be highlighted and, if necessary sanctioned; are the Olympics the best place to do that? I don't know.

    That said, I'll not be watching the Olympic coverage this time. If the broadcasters get the message that they're losing viewers due to this sort of thing, perhaps they'll put some pressure on the Olympic committee and they'll, in turn, put some pressure on these regimes to put an end to the violation of human dignity.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    Perhaps other world leaders will take his lead and decide not to attend the games. What a great statement that would be.

  • Sorry Charlie! SLC, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    "President Gauck took the decision to
    "German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the games in February would focus attention on such issues, and that athletes would be most affected by a boycott."

    I love the Olympics but I think Chancellor Merkel is wrong as China's continued brutality against its own people and it's neighbors has taught us. I think Presient Gauk s right though I doubt his boycott will mean much as long as other world leaders turn a blind eye.