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Nick SymmondsTwo time Olympic middle-distance runner Nick Symmonds is one of the best in the business, and owns a 2013 World Championship Silver Medal in the 800m. Recently, Symmonds took the time to speak to Sports Conflict Institute founder Joshua Gordon and practitioner Maggie Langlas Ward on SCI TV about his stand in Moscow for LGBT rights.

“I saw this as the defining civil rights moment of our generation and I just wanted to be a part of it, I wanted to e on the right side of history,” said Symmonds.

Symmonds also discussed the balance between his athletic performance and speaking out while in Moscow.

“People wanted me to boycott the World Championships in Moscow, and I understand why they wanted me to do that, but at the same time you got to remember that I have a job, and my job is to run fast and hopefully win medals,” he said. “I went to Moscow having said that that was my primary focus. Having won a silver medal last year at the World Championships, I then had a week in Moscow to really kind of build a tourist and to have this incredible platform to talk to international media and let them know exactly how I felt. It was kind of that balance that worked for me and allowed me to get my job done, but also hopefully affect some change for the positive.”

After winning his Silver Medal in Moscow in 2013 he dedicated the medal to his gay and lesbian friends and spoke out in the international news about Russia’s “anti-gay” politics.

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