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SOCHI 2014

Presidential Delegations To The 2014 Olympic Winter Games Announced

By United States Olympic Committee/White House | Dec. 17, 2013, 10 p.m. (ET)
Billie Jean King speaks at her 70th birthday party celebration organized by the Women's Sports Foundation at the Museum of Art and Design on Nov. 6, 2013 in New York City.

In response to the White House announcement this afternoon regarding the Presidential Delegations for the upcoming Sochi Olympic Winter Games, the United States Olympic Committee released the following statement, attributable to spokesman Patrick Sandusky:

“An impressive group of officials and iconic athletes will represent our government at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. We’re honored to assist their participation in any way that we can and certain that America’s elite athletes will put on a great show.”

The full White House announcement is below.


President Obama Announces Presidential Delegations to the
Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of Presidential Delegations to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russian Federation.

Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

The Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russian Federation will be held on February 7, 2014.

The delegation will attend athletic events, meet with U.S. athletes, and attend the Opening Ceremony.

  • 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

The Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russian Federation will be held on February 23, 2014.

The delegation will attend athletic events, meet with U.S. athletes, and attend the Closing Ceremony.

  • 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.

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