US Delegation to Sochi Announced: Group To Include Billie Jean King, But No Obama And No Biden

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia.

The White House says tennis champion Billie Jean King and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will join the opening ceremony delegation. So will figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors.

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will lead the closing ceremony delegation. He will be joined by McFaul, Olympic medal-winners Bonnie Blair, a speed skater; Caitlin Cahow, an ice hockey player; and Eric Heiden, a speed skater.

The list contains openly gay athletes, including King. Gay rights groups have urged the Obama administration to use the delegation selection to make a point about Russia's treatment of gays and lesbians.contains

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  • Wayne M., 2013-12-21 11:18:56

    This is a wonderful solution to a serious problem. A clear message of disapproval is given to Russia concerning its human rights record and attack on the equality rights of LGBT people, yet at the same time, American athletes will still have the opportunity to perform and show their best.

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