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USOC Statement Regarding Olympic And Paralympic Winter Games In Sochi

By United States Olympic Committee | Aug. 09, 2013, 10:09 p.m. (ET)

The below statement from USOC CEO Scott Blackmun is in response to comments made today by President Barack Obama regarding the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

"We fully support the comments today from President Obama rejecting calls to boycott the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Russia. The Games bring people together. They unite the world and break down barriers. The Games demonstrate how it is possible to compete fiercely but respectfully. They demonstrate how people with disparate views can come together and celebrate what they have in common, most notably the will to be the best you can be. As the President suggested, the diverse group of athletes representing our nation next winter makes us a stronger and a better Team USA."