Top US Officials Skip Sochi Olympics

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The White House has just released their list of who will be apart of the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics, and President Obama, Mrs. Obama, and VP Joe Biden, are nowhere near the list. Also all cabinet members are staying  behind.

Here’s the full list form the White House:

Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – February 7, 2014

  • The Honorable Janet A. Napolitano, President of the University of California, will lead the delegation.
  • The Honorable Michael A. McFaul, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation.
  • The Honorable Robert L. Nabors, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy.
  • The Honorable Billie Jean King, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Mr. Brian A. Boitano, Olympic gold medalist, figure skating.

Presidential Delegation to the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – February 23, 2014

  • The Honorable William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, will lead the delegation.
  • The Honorable Michael A. McFaul, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation.
  • Ms. Bonnie Blair, five-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time bronze medalist, speed skating.
  • Ms. Caitlin Cahow, Olympic silver medalist and bronze medalist, women’s ice hockey.
  • Dr. Eric Heiden, five-time Olympic gold medalist, speed skating.

As Buzzfeed notes, Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow are out LGBT athletes, and it has been rumored that gold medalist figure skater Brian A. Boitano and Janet A. Napolitano who is leading the delegation, are apart of the LGBT community as well.

Great choice, President Obama. Those attending indeed send a not-so-subtle message about Russia’s anti-gay activities. However, don’t just let it stop there!

One thought on “Top US Officials Skip Sochi Olympics”

  1. has the US also officially though whom they send to the next football/soccer championship in Qatar? After all the LGBT rights situation is worse than Russia’s… but I’m afraid no one is going to protest agaisnt Qatar’s human rights situation.

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