18. Sochi Winter Olympics and Homophobia
Expect a ton of non-sports storylines when the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia, this coming February. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, signed into law a ban on "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations." (The ban would encompass even seemingly innocuous gay-rights markers like rainbow pins.) To his credit, Putin has since said that gay athletes and spectators, as well as their supporters, will not face any trouble.