KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) _ An openly gay women's ski jumper says protests against Russia's law banning homosexual ``propaganda'' aimed at minors aren't worth it because ``no one cares.''
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who is a gold medal favorite in the women's normal hill, married partner Isabel Stolz last year.
``I don't think it's a good idea to make protests here, no one cares,'' she said after training Sunday. ``I know Russia will go and make the right steps in the future and we should give them time.''
The lead-up to the Sochi Games was dominated by criticism of Russia's new law and suggestions that athletes and officials should protest during the Olympics.
But Iraschko-Stolz, 30, said she has no issue with Russia.
``I am here as a sportswoman,'' she said. ``I always say I'm together with my woman now and don't have any problems, not in Russia or with the Austrian federation. Ten years ago it was different.''
``To jump pretty good is also a statement,'' she said.
She's been doing that, dominating the first two days of training ahead of Tuesday's historic first gold medal for women ski jumpers at the Olympics.