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Obama sending clear message to Russia with Olympic delegation choices

Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia, President Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games.

 
Sochi Winter Olympics torch headed into space

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station.

Russia will enforce anti-gay law during Olympics

Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country’s sports minister said Thursday, appearing to contradict assurances to the contrary from the International Olympic Committee.

Pregnant former Olympic runner collapses, dies; baby saved

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former Olympic and professional runner from Ethiopia who was due to give birth in three weeks has died after collapsing at a Connecticut restaurant, but doctors were able to save her baby, her friends said Wednesday.

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