Ukrainian Skier Bogdana Matsotska Pulls Out of Olympics Because of Chaos in Kiev (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska has withdrawn from the Sochi Olympics because of the protesters who have been killed by police in Kiev.

"I don't want to participate when in my country people die," Matsotska told the Associated Press today.

According to, 75 people have been killed in the protests. Bullets have been fired by police and armed protesters, who have reportedly lost 70 of their own (videos below).

Matsotska wants to leave Russia now and join protesters in Kiev, but cannot get a flight out.

Matsotska is remaining with Oleg Matsotskyy, her father and coach, in the athletes village, but will not ski the women's slalom on Friday, her best event.

"We made this decision together. It is really hard for a sportsman and coach," she said. "The people are dying and my friends and family are there and I cannot race after all this in Ukraine going on."

The protests are in response to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's decision to  cancel a trade deal with the European Union and turn to Russia, notes

"I think as a minimum [Yanukovych] has to be jailed, and for a long time," Matsotska added. "For all the lives that he took, for all the lives of innocent people that came peacefully to stand for their opinion."

The Ukrainian government has demanded that the armed protesters lay down their weapons, but the U.S., the EU and NATO lay full responsibility on the Ukrainian government. President Obama has threatened Ukraine with "consequences" and sanctions.

Sources:, Associated Press,