USOC says it intends to send a full team to Winter Olympics
USOC says it intends to send a full team to Winter Olympics
Olympic curlers Becca Hamilton Matt Hamilton and Nina Roth
11 December, 2017, 03:50
A spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee said the organization has "been informed that the position of the South Korean government, with regard to security at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, has not changed".
In a recent interview, Olympic gold medal alpine skier Lindsey Vonn made clear that she represents the American people and not the U.S. President at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Blackmun said comments from U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders took the USOC leadership by surprise, but chalked it up to a miscommunication.
USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said USA officials were tilting away from a bid for the Winter Olympics in 2026.
When asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House, Vonn's answer was "Absolutely not".
The USOC is in frequent contact with the State Department, the organizing committee in South Korea and law enforcement about security issues in Korea and other places that members of the US team travel.
She later clarified in a tweet, saying: "The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea". "We're gonna show up just like nearly 100 other nations and really looking forward to it".
USA officials have said they are reluctant to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics to avoid the possibility of confusion with the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles. "So we are 100 percent committed to our athletes on that but don't want to get into a discussion around what the legalities might be". "We can see how many people are supporting the team, and this is great!"
"I recall prior to the 2014 games in Sochi, there was a tremendous amount of apprehension about security issues related to those Games", said Larry Probst, USOC chairman.
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