Kurt Browning wants the focus of his upcoming role as the CBC’s figure skating analyst in Sochi to be on the skating.

But the four-time world champion and three-time Olympian is smart enough to know that may end up not being the case.

The Sochi Winter Games, that begins Feb. 6 in Sochi, is already one of the most scrutinized Olympiads in history.

The host nation’s controversial homophobic laws have been highly criticized by the rest of the world. And Browning realizes that figure skating will be under the microscope in Sochi unlike any other sport.

"At these Games, because I am a journalist for figure skating, it is a sport that has a possibility to shine a spotlight, literally on the situation," said Browning.

"I hope that I am there talking about figure skating, and that I am not distracted by it that much. I am sure there will be moments when some sort of statement or image comes up," he added. "I am going to follow my heart, everything should be done with a courtesy and respect to other competitors."

Earlier this year, his long-time friend Brian Boitano came out as gay after he was named to U.S. President Barack Obama's U.S. Olympic delegation.

"I applaud my friend Brian Boitano. I think the timing of when he decided to come out, to say to the world that 'I am gay,' is courageous, and I look up to him for it," he said. "I’ve always looked up to Brian, I think he is a wonderful skater but an even better person."

The CBC unveiled their broadcast team for the Games recently, and it is a stellar collection of some of Canada’s most decorated Olympic heroes. And if Browning’s candor was an indication, those in the broadcast booth will not shy away from controversy should it arise.

The team includes former Olympic medalists Ashleigh McIvor (ski-cross, freestyle skiing), Jennifer Botterill (women's hockey) and Clara Huges (speed skating).

"It will be a test to the spirit of the Olympic movement, but I think it will prevail," said Hughes. "Beyond any catastrophe, the spirit of the athletes and their hearts will come out and shine, particularly our Canadian athletes," said Hughes, Canada’s most decorated Olympic athlete.

"You can make a statement of beauty and grace and then you can use the voice when you have it in a positive way, what I always tried to do that as an athlete was to reach out after performances, to use that platform when I had it to impact change, and I expect no less from our athletes in Sochi," she added.

CBC is partnering with TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet One to broadcast more than 1,500 hours of Olympic coverage starting Feb. 6th at 6 a.m. ET

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  • Chris Pine

    "I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there," the "Jack Ryan" star said in an interview. ''What's happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful." Read the full story <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/chris-pine-russia-gay-law-_n_4602221.html" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Mikhail Baryshnikov

    The Russian dance legend and actor ("Sex and the City") sounded off on the controversial legislation in an exclusive statement for the No More Fear Foundation, an international LGBT advocacy organization. "My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable," Baryshnikov, 65, said. "Equal treatment of people is a basic right and it is sad that we still have to even speak about this in [the] 21st century." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/mikhail-baryshnikov-russia-gay-law-_n_4100754.html" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.

  • Melissa Etheridge

    The 52-year-old Grammy Award-winning rocker, who is openly gay, told the Washington Blade's Michael K. Lavers that she wouldn't hesitate to visit Russia if she were invited to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics. “I would be there with bells on,” Etheridge said. “I would love to go offer support, offer visibility, stand there just as a known gay person.” Read the full story <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/melissa-etheridge-sochi-olympics_n_4459427.html" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Tilda Swinton

    A photograph of the Academy Award-winning actress defending Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by holding a rainbow flag in front of Moscow's Kremlin was released with the following statement via her spokesperson: "In solidarity. From Russia with love." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/tilda-swinton-rainbow-flag-russia-_n_3550360.html" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.

  • Madonna

    The Material Girl sparked controversy when she spoke out in defense of Russia's LGBT community during a St. Petersburg stop on her MDNA World Tour last year. Performing in black lingerie with the words "No Fear" scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged the audience -- most wearing pink wrist bands distributed at the door -- to "show your love and appreciation to the gay community." "We want to fight for the right to be free," she said at the time, Reuters reported. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/madonna-st-petersburg-russia-gay-rights_n_1762135.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.

  • Johnny Weir

    The U.S. figure skater (pictured on right, with husband Victor Voronov) has spoken out against a planned boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, warning that those hurt most would be the athletes who have "dedicated their lives to possibly having their lone life-changing moment." "The Olympics are not a political statement, they are a place to let the world shine in peace and let them marvel at their youthful talents," he wrote. "I respect the LGBT community full heartedly, but I implore the world not to boycott the Olympic Games because of Russia’s stance on LGBT rights or lack thereof." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/26/johnny-weir-russia-olympics-boycott-_n_3659423.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>. <em>CORRECTION: The original version of this slideshow misidentified Johnny Weir as Victor Voronov. </em>

  • Cher

    The legendary singer-actress said she turned down the chance to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi because of Russia's anti-gay law. "I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show," Cher told Maclean's writer Elio Iannacci. "I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/cher-sochi-olympics-russia_n_3921419.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.

  • Elton John

    In spite of Russia's anti-gay legislation, the Rocket Man has vowed not to cancel his forthcoming Moscow performance. "As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them," he said. "I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go." Read the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/elton-john-russia-gay-law-_n_3942870.html" target="_blank">full story here</a>.

  • Lady Gaga

    "The Russian government is criminal," the Mother Monster tweeted in August. "Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom." She also noted: "Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia?" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/lady-gaga-russia-lgbt_n_3708608.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.

  • Greg Louganis

    The Olympic diving champion rejected the possibility of a boycott against the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia in a Policymic editorial. "Boycotting sends the wrong message and will only harm the hard-working athletes set to compete in the 2014 Olympics, not the Russian government itself," he wrote. "I know from personal experience. My first Olympics I won Silver at age 16, and then in 1980, at the height of my diving career, President Jimmy Carter opted to boycott the 1980 Olympics in Moscow as a method of protesting the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan. The toll on fellow athletes and me was devastating." <a href="http://www.policymic.com/articles/58481/i-m-an-openly-gay-gold-medalist-and-i-reject-the-sochi-olympics-boycott" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.

  • Seth Wescott

    "The human rights stuff that's going on, there's a potential for it to be an incredibly negatively-overshadowed Olympics," the two-time gold medal winning snowboarder told the Associated Press. Of his gay friends in snowboarding, he noted, "They're wonderful human beings, and I think for them to be discriminated against is a crime." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/12/seth-wescott-russia-gay-law-_n_3913225.html" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.

  • Blake Skjellerup

    The New Zealand speed skater, who is openly gay, told HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps that a boycott would hurt the athletes themselves more than Russia. "I don't support a boycott at all," he said. "I believe the greatest way to bring about change is to have a presence. Being present in Sochi is going to be greater for the cause than not being there at all." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/blake-skjellerup-russia_n_3689573.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.

  • Nick Symmonds

    After winning a silver medal at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow on Aug. 13, the American middle distance runner openly dedicated the victory to his gay and lesbian friends in his home country. The act reportedly makes Symmonds the first athlete to critique and oppose Russia's anti-gay legislation while in Russia. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/14/nick-symmonds-gays-russia_n_3755462.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.

  • Billie Jean King

    The controversy swirling around Russia's anti-gay policies should not overshadow the athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, tennis legend Billie Jean King told the Today Show. "When we step off the plane, we are part of America. We are what America looks like," she said. "Visually, we're going to send a very strong message just by being there." Read the full story <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/09/billie-jean-king-gay-olympics-_n_4568267.html" target="_blank">here</a>.