Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps says his website 'censored' in Russia

Associated Press

KRASNAYA POLAYNA, Russia - A Canadian Olympic athlete says it "looks like" his website has been censored in Russia.

Bobsledder Justin Kripps tweeted on Friday that he was unable to view his personal website from the Olympic mountain cluster in Krasnaya Polayna, Russia.

The native of Summerland, B.C., posted a screenshot of www.justinkripps.ca from his personal computer.

But instead of the usual collection of photos and blog posts, it was replaced with a simple white page with a lengthy message written in Cyrllic.

"Looks like my website is censored in Russia, haha classic #SochiProblems I wonder if there's a camera in my room" posted Kripps from his verified Twitter account.

The Canadian Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Attempts by The Canadian Press to access the website in Sochi also brought up the message, which says the site has been blocked because of a breach of Russian legislation.

The message says the websited could be blocked because it contains inappropriate material; or material that would be illegal if broadcast in Russia; or that it contains material that could be in breach of the rights of rights-holders or a third party.

Kripps and his teammates on Canada's four-man bobsled team became Internet stars when they posed for a photo in their underwear. That photo, which was posted Jan. 17, went viral after gossip blogger Perez Hilton posted it on his website.

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