Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps says his website 'censored' in Russia
Canada's Justin Kripps, foreground, and Bryan Barnett celebrate after winning their two-man Bobsled World Cup race in Koenigssee, southern Germany, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, February 7, 2014 9:48AM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 7, 2014 6:46PM EST
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 website 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, and it showed up on several gay and lesbian websites.
There was no evidence the 27-year-old's website was targeted because of Russia's controversial anti-gay propaganda laws. The University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs said in a post on its Citizen Lab blog that the site is likely blocked because of "collateral filtering and not a deliberate attempt to target the bobsledder's site."
Collateral filtering, the blog explains, is where "crudely implemented attempts to block a website inadvertently lead to the blocking of other sites hosted at the same IP address."