Olympics

Ukrainian Skier Pulls Out of Olympics to Join Protests

Trying to get to Kiev

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A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the Olympics in response to the deaths of anti-government protesters in her country.

"I don't want to participate when in my country people die," Bogdana Matsotska told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The 24-year-old skier is refusing to ski Friday in the slalom, which is her third and best event at the Sochi Olympics.

Matsotska wants to leave the Olympics immediately to join protesters in the camp known as Maidan in Kiev's Independence Square, but said she has been unable to book a flight home.

"I am in Maidan but just with my soul," she said.