5 Updates
Sochi 2014 Olympics: Billie Jean King to Join Closing Ceremony
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sochi 2014 Olympics: Billie Jean King to Join Closing Ceremony

Feb 16 2014, 8:23pm CST | by

American tennis legend Billie Jean King, who couldn't make it to the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympics because of her mother's death, was tapped by President Barack Obama to be part of the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony.

Billie Jean King was tapped by President Barack Obama to be a part of the American delegation to the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.  Laura Smith-Spark of CNN confirmed this in her Feb. 15...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

27 weeks ago

Sochi 2014 Olympics: Billie Jean King to Join Closing Ceremony

Feb 16 2014, 8:23pm CST | by

Sochi 2014 Olympics: Billie Jean King to Join Closing Ceremony Photo Credit: Getty Images

American tennis legend Billie Jean King, who couldn't make it to the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympics because of her mother's death, was tapped by President Barack Obama to be part of the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony.

Billie Jean King was tapped by President Barack Obama to be a part of the American delegation to the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. 

Laura Smith-Spark of CNN confirmed this in her Feb. 15 report

"Tennis legend and openly gay athlete Billie Jean King has been named as part of the presidential delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

"King, a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor, was initially named as part of the opening ceremony delegation but had to pull out because her mother was ill. 

"Russia has faced widespread criticism over its position on gay rights since passing an anti-gay propaganda law last year, which bans anyone from speaking positively about homosexuality in the hearing of children. 

"President Barack Obama also named Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul to the delegation, as well as former gold medal Olympians Bonnie Blair and Eric Heider, a White House statement said.

"The delegates will watch some events and meet U.S. athletes as well as attend the final ceremony."

For her part, King told The Associated Press she is honored to be part of the delegation and also said she will use it as a means to honor her late mother and as a platform for equal rights.  

"I will use this trip to honor the memory of my mother and to further my mission of equality. I am thankful to President Obama for including me and I look forward to supporting the men and women of Team USA in Sochi."

She earlier explained to The Associated Press on Feb. 5 that she had to beg off from attending the opening ceremony on Feb. 7 so she can be with her ailing 91-year-old mother, Betty Moffitt. 

"It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this diffiicult time. I want to thank President Obama for including me in this historic mission and I look forward to supporting our athletes as they compete in Sochi."

Moffitt passed away on the day of the opening ceremony in Arizona. 

Figure skater Brian Boitano and hockey player Caitlin Cahow were also part of the U.S. delegation for the opening ceremony in Sochi. The latter was appreciative of the ambience in Russia, saying the people were "unbelievably welcoming," per The Associated Press

 
Update
5

3 days ago

Schelling nominated for award

Aug 26 2014 3:59am CDT | Source: IIHF News

ZURICH/NEW YORK – Swiss national team goalkeeper Florence Schelling is among the nominees for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award. The 25-year-old is one of ten athletes nominated in the category team sports. She is the only hockey player and one of only two Europeans nominated. Click here to vote for the Sportswoman of the Year. Schelling backstopped the Swiss women’s national team to bronze in the women’s ice hockey tournament of the 2014 Olympic W ...
Source: IIHF News   Full article at: IIHF News
 

 
Update
4

4 days ago

Roger Federer Should Be Favored to Win 2014 US Open over Novak Djokovic

Aug 25 2014 7:55pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

At the age of 33, Roger Federer enters the 2014 U.S. Open with a great chance to win a record 18th major title. There are plenty of reasons to like the world No. 3 in New York this year. He's playing some great tennis, he has a favorable draw and he won't have to contend with rival Rafael Nadal—he pulled out of the tournament with a wrist injury. TennisNow tweeted another career milestone Federer could achieve with a title: Despite having these advantages, Federer isn't ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
3

1 week ago

US Open Tennis 2014 Odds: Latest Pre-Draw Lines for Top Stars

Aug 20 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The 2014 U.S. Open men's and women's draw will be revealed on Thursday during the official draw ceremony at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. As the U.S. Open announced via Twitter on Monday, 2013 champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the tournament with a wrist injury. Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic is the favorite to take the men's singles title prior to the draw at 6-5. For the WTA, back-to-back winner Ser ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
2

4 weeks ago

Uber athlete passenger rating fan fiction

Jul 28 2014 10:09am CDT | Source: SBNation

There was an Uber hack to find you passenger rating. We did not consult that for this. Context-Free Uber Athlete Passenger Rankings (1) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2) Mike Trout (3) Rebecca Lobo (4) Kobe Bryant (5) LeBron James (6) Billie Jean King (7) Cristiano Ronaldo (8) Leo Messi (9) Sydney Leroux (10) Richard Sherman (11) Michael Jorda ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

WICB not rushing to fill vacant spot for coach
Bridgetown (Barbados), Aug 30 (IANS/CMC) West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive Michael Muirhead said that no decision has been made yet on who will fill the vacant post of Windies head coach and there will be no mad rush to find the candidate.
 
 
Narine, Russell choose CLT20 over Tests
St. John's (Antigua), Aug 30 (IANS/CMC) Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine has once again chosen the Twenty20 format over Test cricket after opting out of the two-Test series against Bangladesh at home.
 
 
Paes-Stepanek in third round of US Open
New York, Aug 30 (IANS) Defending champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek progressed to the men's doubles third round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows here.
 
 
Colombia recalls Falcao for Brazil friendly
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 30 (IANS) Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has recalled Radamel Falcao for his team's international friendly against Brazil next week.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Modi arrives in Japan
Kyoto, Aug 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday began a five-day visit to Japan, keen to boost ties in infrastructure, trade, defence and civil nuclear energy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a special...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
WICB not rushing to fill vacant spot for coach
Bridgetown (Barbados), Aug 30 (IANS/CMC) West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive Michael Muirhead said that no decision has been made yet on who will fill the vacant post of Windies head coach and there will...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Modi reaches Japan
Kyoto, Aug 30 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived Saturday in this Japanese city on his maiden bilateral visit outside South Asia. Before leaving for Japan, Modi said in New Delhi that this "visit will...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Narine, Russell choose CLT20 over Tests
St. John's (Antigua), Aug 30 (IANS/CMC) Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine has once again chosen the Twenty20 format over Test cricket after opting out of the two-Test series against Bangladesh at home. Narine was a...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Alesha Dixon reveals solution to stretch marks
London, Aug 30 (IANS) Singer-model Alesha Dixon says using Vitamin E oil on a regular basis helped her combat stretch marks. After giving birth to her daughter Azura Sienna in October 2013, the former "Misteeq" singer...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Eight killed in Afghan suicide attack
Kabul, Aug 30 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and 41 injured Saturday in a suicide attack at the office of National Directorate for Security (NDS) in Afganistan's provincial capital Jalalabad. "Six terrorists...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jews 'forced' to leave Guatemala village
London, Aug 30 (IANS) Some 230 members of an orthodox Jewish group were forced to leave a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community, BBC reported Saturday. The Lev Tahor...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
China, Tibetan exiles work towards dialogue
Hamburg, Aug 30 (IANS) With over 70 representatives from 15 countries, the "Finding Common Ground" Sino-Tibetan Conference in this north German port city has concluded with after deciding on a dialogue between the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Close relationships the basis of stress-free life
New York, Aug 30 (IANS) We all know that deep and meaningful relationships play a vital role in one's overall well-being but still, most of us are bereft of emotional bonding in life. It is imperative, therefore, to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Paes-Stepanek in third round of US Open
New York, Aug 30 (IANS) Defending champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek progressed to the men's doubles third round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows here. The Indo-Czech tennis pair needed only an hour and 23...
Read more on Sport Balla