Olympian Seth Wescott has criticized a recently enacted Russian law that prohibits “gay propaganda.”

In comments to the AP, Wescott, a two-time Olympic gold medal champion, criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for selecting Sochi to host the Winter Olympics.

“The human rights stuff that's going on, there's a potential for it to be an incredibly negatively-overshadowed Olympics,” Wescott said.

The 37-year-old Wescott, who lives in Maine, in 2006 and again in 2010 won gold medals in snowboard cross at the Winter Olympics.

“They're wonderful human beings,” Wescott said of gay female snowboarding friends, “and I think for them to be discriminated against is a crime. They should be able to be who they are and compete proudly. They represent our country incredibly well and they don't need to be the object of that kind of criticism and negativity.”

Russia's “gay propaganda” law prohibits the public promotion of gay rights to minors, effectively outlawing Gay Pride parades and other such demonstrations. Critics have pointed out that the law's vagueness leaves it open to interpretation.

(Related: Russian MP insists gay parents corrupt their children.)