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Billie Jean King Won't Attend Sochi Opening (Yahoo Sports)

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February 05, 2014 AT 11:30 AM
Billie Jean King, outspoken in her opposition to Russia's anti-gay law, will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia as planned because her mother is ill. King had planned to attend ice hockey and figure skating events but she has told The Associated Press that because of her mother's, quote, 'failing health, I will not be able to join the U.S. Presidential delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics.''