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    The Right Message

     
    WASHINGTON (AP) - "President Obama today named openly gay athletes to the delegation that will represent the U.S. next year at opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, sending a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of gays and lesbians.

    Tennis champion Billie Jean King will join the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony, while Caitlin Cahow, a women's ice hockey player and Olympic medalist, will represent the U.S. at the closing ceremony.

    Both athletes have identified publicly as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    White House spokesman Shin Inouye said that the delegation "represents the diversity that is the United States" and that Obama was proud to cheer America's athletes on at the 2014 Olympic Games."

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    While I was honestly hoping the IOC would choose to move the 2014 Olympics to another location, this is still the right message to send and is still better than nothing.

    On a personal, albeit highly-hypothetical note - were I myself competing in these Olympics and happened to win a medal, I think I'd refuse to accept it as a message of my own...but that's me.

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