Back in 2010, Blake Skjellerup publicly came out to DNA magazine after competing at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. With the 2014 Sochi Games on the horizon where he hopes to better his sixteenth place finish, the Kiwi speed skater sat down, or should I say posed naked, for Gay Times magazine. If I were ice technicians working on the ice rink in Russia, I’d be half worried that Skjellerup’s hotness would melt away the racing surface. Sizzling doesn’t even begin to cover his spread.
In his interview with the British publication, Blake talks about the lack of sponsors, being bullied and if he has any fears about being a gay athlete competing in Russia. Check out a few quotes below, along with the cover shot by photographer James Demitri. It’s SFW with strategically placed skates hiding his goods.
On Lack of Sponsors
“I’m a lone athlete so I have to do everything myself. I wouldn’t say I’ve lost my life to the sport, but I can’t see myself doing it for another four years after the next Winter Olympics.”
On Being Out In Russia
“I don’t want to think because there are stories on the internet about me being gay is going to put me under any jeopardy, I hope I can bring some positive change in Russia to overcome their LGBT discrimination.”
If you want to support Blake’s Olympic efforts, there’s a donation link on his website. Just in case you wanted to see his speed skating butt in all its naked glory, click here. For more, head over to http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/