Olympian Bode Miller on Monday called a Russian anti-gay law absolutely embarrassing.

“I think it's absolutely embarrassing that there's countries and there's people who are that intolerant and that ignorant,” Miller said.

“But it's not the first time,” he added. “We've been dealing with human-rights issues probably since there were humans.”

The 35-year-old Miller, who with five Olympic medals to his credit is considered the greatest downhill skier in American history, said that the law puts athletes in an awkward position.

“I think it's unfortunate when they get stuffed together because there are politics in sports and athletics,” he said. “They always are intertwined, even though people try to keep them separate or try to act like they're separate. Asking an athlete to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of a philosophy and … then tell them they can't express their views or they can't say what they believe, I think is pretty hypocritical or unfair.”

The law, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors, effectively banning Gay Pride marches and similar demonstrations of support.

The controversy surrounding passage of the law and a push for a boycott have cast a dark shadow over the upcoming Sochi Games. Olympic officials this week have reiterated that the law won't affect the Olympics.

“We have the assurances of the highest authorities in Russia, and yesterday I spoke with the Russian delegation here in Olympia again and they reassured us that the Olympic Charter will fully apply for all the participants of the games,” Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said on Sunday.