John M. Becker

Obama, Biden, Top Officials Skipping Sochi Olympics

Filed By John M. Becker | December 17, 2013 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano, Joe Biden, Olympics 2014, Russia, snubs, Sochi Olympics

sochi-winter-of-hate.jpgThe White House has just announced the official U.S. delegations to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Neither President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, nor any top U.S. officials will be attending.

The full list:

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.

BuzzFeed notes that Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow are members of the LGBT community.

The Sochi Games will be the first time since the year 2000 that the United States has not sent a current or former president, vice president, or first lady to the Olympics.


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