POSTED: December 18th 2013

USOC responds to White House's Sochi 2014 Presidential Delegation announcement

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The White House announced the Presidential Delegation to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Tuesday, followed by a statement from the United States Olympic Committee.

University of California President Janet A. Napolitano will lead the delegation at the Opening Ceremony 7 Feb. and will be joined by United State Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael A. McFaul, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Robert L. Nabors, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Member Billie Jean King, and Olympic gold medalist Brian A. Boitano.

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

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will lead the delegation at the Closing Ceremony 23 Feb. with McFaul, five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair, Olympic silver and bronze medalist Caitlin Cahow, and five-time Olympic gold medalist Eric Heiden joining him in Sochi.

Keywords · Olympics · Sochi 2014 · Sochi · Winter Games · Winter Olympics · Russia · White House · United States Olympic Committee · USOC · Barack Obama ·

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