Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has come out gay.

The 20-year-old Winter Olympics hopeful told Australia's ABC TV that she was coming out to take a stand for gay and lesbian athletes competing next year in Sochi, Russia, where a recently approved “gay propaganda” law prohibits the positive portrayal of gays in a venue where minors might be present.

“I want to be proud of who I am and be proud of all the work I've done to get into the Olympics,” Brockhoff said.

She said that the law scared her.

“I have a feeling that I would have to kinda go back into the closet a little bit because I don't want to risk my, like, you know, safety, being arrested or deported. I want to be able to compete and live my dream and become an Olympian. That's always what I've wanted to do,” Brockhoff said.

Brockhoff's announcement came a day after actor-screenwriter Wentworth Miller came out gay in the course of declining an invitation to attend a film festival in Russia due to the anti-gay law.

(Related: Wentworth Miller comes out: Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Matt Bomer offer support.)